||Dr. Carrie Ann Javorka
Posted on May 30, 2012
Dr. Carrie Ann Javorka joined the AVMA Membership and Field Services Division this April in a new position overseeing programs and services for recent veterinary graduates.
The Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine graduate is responsible for developing and implementing initiatives promoting the benefits of AVMA membership among new veterinarians.
Dr. Javorka will also work to increase recent veterinary graduate participation on AVMA committees, councils, and task forces along with creating AVMA volunteer leadership training programs for recent graduates and emerging leaders.
Establishing a new assistant director-level position for recent graduate initiatives was a key recommendation of the Task Force on AVMA Programs for Students and Recent Graduates, which delivered its final report to the Executive Board in April 2011.
“The task force did a great job and identified a critical need for the AVMA,” said Membership and Field Services Director Kevin Dajka. “We have a segment of our membership looking to the AVMA for resources to help in their transition into the profession. While we have some resources available for our recent graduate members, quite frankly, we struggled to get the information out to them.”
“Now we have dedicated staff to focus on their needs and make sure we let them know what we have to offer,” Dr. Dajka continued. “We are very excited to have Dr. Javorka on board and look forward to her drawing from her own experience as she builds AVMA’s recent graduate initiatives.”
Dr. Joseph Kinnarney, Executive Board member and task force chair, is “very excited” about Dr. Javorka’s hiring. “This position is vital to the task force’s plan to enhance our relationship and service to new and recent graduates. Over 40 percent of our members are recent graduates—members out of school less than 15 years—and AVMA is committed to the new initiatives recommended by the task force and approved by the Executive Board,” Dr. Kinnarney said.
After receiving her DVM degree in 2006, Dr. Javorka held associate veterinarian positions at small animal hospitals in Indiana and Illinois until her employment at the AVMA.
As a recent graduate herself, Dr. Javorka says she understands the challenges of being a new member of the veterinary workforce and community. She looks forward to supporting these veterinarians and helping them find time to participate in the AVMA, despite their hectic schedules. “We definitely need their fresh perspectives on the issues facing our profession,” Dr. Javorka said.
“I also plan to facilitate the development of educational opportunities targeted to recent graduates that are essential early in career development, such as practical veterinary medical and surgical skills, business applications, and approaches to work-life balance concerns,” she said.