Dr. Peter F. Haynes
Dr. Peter F. Haynes, dean of the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine, has earned the 2008 AVMA Award.
Dr. Haynes received the award July 19 during the Opening Session of the AVMA Annual Convention in New Orleans. The Association's highest honor, the award recognizes contributions to the advancement of veterinary medical organizations.
Dr. Haynes has an extensive background in organized veterinary medicine. An AVMA member since 1969, he served for 17 years in the House of Delegates. He was instrumental in the development of the first regular winter session, held this past January. The regular annual session of the HOD takes place in conjunction with the AVMA Annual Convention.
Dr. Haynes served as president of the American Association of Equine Practitioners in 1991. As part of that association, he helped guide its strategic planning initiative and governance changes and served on numerous committees.
In addition, Dr. Haynes has participated on a variety of committees of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons. He also helped co-develop the Louisiana VMA's Equine Committee.
"In some ways, (the AVMA Award) validates that the time, effort, and outcomes of my engagement in organized veterinary medicine have been valued, have made a difference, and have improved the profession," Dr. Haynes told JAVMA before the convention.
Looking to enhance his personal and professional development, Dr. Haynes became involved in organized veterinary medicine after earning his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1969 and, subsequently, his ACVS specialty certification.
Dr. Haynes has held a variety of roles at the LSU veterinary school since joining its faculty as an equine clinician in 1974. He became the executive associate dean in 2000 and interim dean in July 2006. In June 2007, he was named dean.
Throughout his career, Dr. Haynes said, he has watched how the profession's increasing knowledge base and specialty focus have led to a growing number of veterinary medical organizations.
"I believe that the future success of veterinary medical organizations will be underpinned by effective strategic planning, and those that do it well will best meet the needs of the animals and publics served, as well as their membership," he said.
Dr. Haynes also noted that organized veterinary medicine needs to have a strong awareness of, and commitment to, effective leadership training.
"Successful organizations will need to attract new volunteer leaders by providing more focused assignments and shorter time commitments that will fit the lifestyles of the younger generation of veterinarians today," he said.