October 15, 2015

 

 Auxiliary reports from Boston

Posted Sept. 30, 2015

Linda Walker of Arlington, Texas, began her second year as president of the Auxiliary to the AVMA during the AVMA Annual Convention in Boston. Later she said, “The AVMA Auxiliary had a wonderful time in the beautiful city of Boston. The harbor setting was wonderful. The Beach Boys concert was fabulous.”

At its annual meeting July 13, the Auxiliary installed one new board member, Patricia Davis, La Veta, Colorado. As president, Walker chairs the 2015-2016 Auxiliary board. Also continuing on the board are Greg Mooney, Mount Gilead, Ohio, treasurer and immediate past president; Mary Louise Dixon, Rome, Georgia, secretary; Allegra Waldron, Mount Gilead, Ohio, vice president; and directors Judy Dewitt, Birmingham, Alabama, and Leslie Montgomery, Dacula, Georgia.

​The 2015-2016 Auxiliary board of directors: Greg Mooney, treasurer and immediate past president;
Allegra Waldron, vice president; Leslie Montgomery, director; Mary Louise Dixon, secretary; Linda
Walker, Auxiliary president and board chair; and Patricia Davis, new director (Not pictured: Judy DeWitt,
director) (Photo by Allegra Mooney)

Kimberly Topper of Gaithersburg, Maryland, reported on the first scholarships awarded by the Auxiliary’s Legacy Endowed Scholarship Committee. The new program awards $1,000 scholarships to exceptional second- and third-year veterinary students, with a focus on the prevention, treatment, and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species. One recipient is selected annually from each of the 28 U.S. veterinary colleges.

The American Veterinary Medical Foundation assists the Auxiliary in administering this program, which was created at the 2013 AVMA convention when the Auxiliary presented the AVMF with a $2 million check to start the fund. Walker said, “It is wonderful to see how well this committee is doing.”

The Kritters Korner Gift Store in the exhibit hall did “quite well,” Walker said of the Auxiliary’s “big moneymaker.” A new line of T-shirts was introduced this year to complement the Laurel Burch merchandise, pewter items, and cutlery. “The crowds were terrific. As most of you know, the sales from our booth allow the Auxiliary to continue to promote AVMA. We look forward to seeing many of you at Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas next March,” Walker said.

​Kritters Korner in the exhibit hall does a brisk business in Boston. (Photo by Matt
Alexandre Photography)

Winners of the 2016 National Pet Week poster and writing contests will be announced in an upcoming Auxiliary newsletter and in JAVMA this coming March in advance of pet week, the first full week of May. “It was fun to see the artistic talent of our young entrants. Their creativity also made our decision more difficult,” Walker noted.

Walker expressed gratitude for all the support from Auxiliary members, friends, and relatives, whether it was staffing Kritters Korner, repacking the merchandise for shipping back to AVMA headquarters, or paying membership dues.