December 15, 2008


 Many faces, one profession

Posted Dec. 1, 2008

Committee on the Human-Animal Bond
Front row: Dr. M. Hayden Sears, Dr. Gerrard Flannigan, and Jennafer Glaesemann
Back row: Dr. Susan Ferraro, Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Dr. John Hamil, and Dr. Donald Stremme 

Committee on the Human-Animal Bond

Charge/mission: The committee is to establish goals for the profession with regard to teaching, research, and service relating to the health benefits of the human-animal bond.  

Dr. Susan Ferraro (ROS '88), chair, Lincoln Park Dog and Cat Clinic, Chicago; representing small animal practice
Dr. John Hamil (OKL '68), Canyon Animal Hospital, Laguna Beach, Calif.; representing small animal practice
Dr. Robert Martin (AUB '76), Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, representing colleges of veterinary medicine
Dr. M. Hayden Sears (ORS '85), Duncan Island Ranch, Mapleton, Ore.; representing private clinical practice—predominantly equine
Dr. Robert Sager COL '74), Sage Trail Veterinary, Wilsall, Mont.; representing private food animal clinical practice
Dr. Cynthia Johnson (COL '92), USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Fort Collins, Colo.; representing public health
Jennafer Glaesemann (ISU '11), Iowa State University, representing Student AVMA
Dr. Gerrard Flannigan (ONT '91), Carolina Veterinary Specialists, Greensboro, N.C.; representing veterinary ethology
Dr. Donald Stremme (UP '75), Adventure Aquarium, Camden, N.J.; representing zoo/aquatic/wildlife medicine

What current project(s) are you most excited about?
Dr. Gail C. Golab, director of the Animal Welfare Division, said the committee members are providing the professional expertise and copy for all the AVMA's new pet selection brochures.

"They also are working to develop a new section for the AVMA Web site that shows the innumerable ways that veterinarians support the human-animal bond and provides information about topics of particular interest to those focusing on this area of veterinary medicine," Dr. Golab said. "This would include animal-assisted activity and therapy, veterinary hospice care, establishment of pet trusts, and the effect of the human-animal bond on disaster response."

A recent meaningful accomplishment:
Dr. Golab said one major achievement was securing exclusive distribution rights in the United States for The Blue Dog Parent Guide, a program to help prevent dog bites among 3- to 6-year-old children.

How is your entity addressing the profession's pressing issues and concerns of recent graduates?
In conjunction with Web site development, Dr. Golab said, the committee is providing oversight for a project with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that will offer resources for veterinarians dealing with cases of animal abuse.

How is the entity addressing the strategic or operational goals of the AVMA?
Chair Susan Ferraro said the committee includes the strategic goals in each meeting packet and keeps them in mind during every discussion. The strategic issue of animal welfare is of particular interest. Committee members also have an interest in the one-health initiative, which recognizes connections between human and animal health.


Council on Education
Seated: Dr. Frank Walker, Dr. Mary Christopher, Anne Athey-Payne, and Dr. James Brace
Standing: Dr. Francis Kallfelz, Diane Hamele-Bena, MD, Dr. Laurie Jaeger, Dr. Joan Samuels, Dr. Sheila Allen, Michael Scheer, JD, Dr. Robert Cherenson, Dr. William "Terry" Swecker, Dr. Margaret Root Kustritz, Dr. Nathan Voris, Dr. René Carlson, Dr. Herbert Whiteley, Dr. Peter Conlon, Dr. Jayne Jensen, and Dr. D. Glen Esplin 

Council on Education

Charge/mission: The council accredits veterinary colleges in the United States, Canada, and other countries as appropriate.  

Dr. Mary Christopher (ISU '80), chair, University of California-Davis, representing basic science
Dr. Laurie Jaeger (PUR '84), Texas A&M University, representing basic science
Dr. Peter Conlon (ONT '80), University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College, representing the Canadian VMA
Dr. Sheila Allen (COR '81), University of Georgia, representing the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Dr. James Brace (CAL '71), University of Tennessee, at-large representative
Dr. William "Terry" Swecker (VMR '84), Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, representing large animal clinical science
Dr. D. Glen Esplin (COL '71), ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City; representing nonprivate practice, nonacademic veterinary medicine
Dr. Francis Kallfelz (COR '62), Cornell University, representing postgraduate education
Dr. René Carlson (MIN '78), Animal Hospital of Chetek, Chetek, Wis.; representing private clinical practice
Dr. Joan Samuels (MSU '77), Buellton Veterinary Clinic, Buellton, Calif.; representing private clinical practice
Dr. Nathan Voris (MO '99), Equine Medical Services, Columbia, Mo.; representing private equine clinical practice
Dr. Robert Cherenson (PUR '84), Lander Veterinary Clinic, Turlock, Calif.; representing private food animal clinical practice
Dr. Frank Walker (ISU '77), Flickertail Veterinary Service, New Rockford, N.D.; representing private mixed clinical practice
Dr. Jayne Jensen (IL '70), Tiger Mountain Veterinary Clinic, Issaquah, Wash.; representing private small animal clinical practice
Dr. Margaret Root Kustritz (MIN '87), University of Minnesota, representing small animal clinical science
Anne Athey-Payne, Ramer, Ala., representing the public
Michael Scheer, JD, The Villages, Fla., representing the public
Diane Hamele-Bena, MD, Columbia University, representing the public
Dr. Herbert Whiteley (PUR '77), University of Illinois, representing veterinary medical research
Dr. Kent Hoblet (OSU '71), Mississippi State University, representing veterinary preventive medicine

What current project(s) are you most excited about?
Several council members are serving on the AVMA Foresight Report Task Force, said Dr. David Granstrom, director of the AVMA Education and Research Division.

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges undertook the Foresight project to help determine the direction of veterinary education in coming years.

Dr. Granstrom said, "Council members are providing valuable insight as the task force evaluates the report and develops appropriate action steps for consideration by the AVMA Executive Board."

How is the entity addressing the strategic or operational goals of the AVMA?
One of the five strategic goals is that "The AVMA Council on Education accreditation process is the premier standard for veterinary medical education globally."

Chair Mary Christopher said the council develops and revises policies and procedures for the accreditation of foreign veterinary schools and evaluation of new educational models. The council will publish a newsletter starting next year to disseminate information regarding accreditation and better define the value of accreditation.