November 01, 2016


 In San Antonio, Auxiliary sets sights on centennial

Posted Oct. 12, 2016

Allegra Waldron of Mount Gilead, Ohio, began her first year as president of the Auxiliary to the AVMA during AVMA Convention 2016 in San Antonio. Later, she said, “The AVMA Auxiliary had a wonderful time in the beautiful city of San Antonio. It was wonderful to experience the flavors, sights, and sounds of the city.”

As president, Waldron chairs the 2016-2017 Auxiliary board. At its annual meeting Aug. 8, the Auxiliary installed one new board member, Bonnie Ramseyer of Utica, Ohio. Continuing on the board are Linda Walker, Arlington, Texas, treasurer and immediate past president; Mary Louise Dixon, Rome, Georgia, secretary and vice president; and directors—Judy Dewitt, Birmingham, Alabama; Leslie Montgomery, Dacula, Georgia; and Patricia Davis, La Veta, Colorado. 

Kritters Korner, the Auxiliary’s key fundraiser, bustles with serious shoppers in San Antonio. (Photo by Matt Alexandre Photography)

Kimberly Topper of Gaithersburg, Maryland, reported on the second round of Auxiliary to the AVMA Legacy Endowed Scholarships awarded by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. The 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 was selected from each of the 30 U.S. veterinary colleges, and the AVMF mailed checks to the recipients this past spring.

The AVMF administers this scholarship program, which was created at the 2013 AVMA convention when the Auxiliary transferred $2 million to the Foundation to establish the program. Annual proceeds from the endowment support the scholarships.

The Kritters Korner Gift Store in the AVMA exhibit hall, the Auxiliary’s main fundraiser, featured a new line of jewelry, mugs, and children’s T-shirts to complement the Laurel Burch merchandise, pewter items, and socks. “The crowds were terrific. As most of you know, the sales from our booth allow the Auxiliary to continue to promote the AVMA. We look forward to seeing many of you at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas next March,” Walker said.  

Incoming Auxiliary President Allegra Waldron (left) receives the gavel from her predecessor, Linda Walker. (Photo by Adam Waldron) 

The Auxiliary will celebrate its 100th anniversary during AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis. Waldron said, “We are looking forward to our 10 carat Diamond Jubilee celebration. Plans are already underway, and we are hoping to have a large amount of our membership attending the celebratory luncheon. Please plan to join us in sharing memories and looking forward to the future. Anyone interested in helping with the planning can contact the board through our webs​ite.” 

Winners of the 2017 National Pet Week poster and writing contests were chosen and will be announced in an upcoming Auxiliary newsletter and in JAVMA next March before National Pet Week, the first full week of May.

Waldron thanked the Auxiliary past presidents, board members, and members for their help and support, whether it was helping staff Kritters Korner or simply paying their membership dues.