September 01, 2017


 Strother elected to AVMA Board

Posted Aug. 16, 2017

Dr. Jan K. Strother

Dr. Jan K. Strother was sworn in July 25 as the District III representative on the AVMA Board of Directors after her election to complete the unexpired term of Dr. Michael Newman, ending in 2019.

Dr. Strother, of Hartselle, Alabama, represents AVMA members living in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

"It is an honor and a privilege to represent District III and all AVMA members on the AVMA Board of Directors. I look forward to working with my fellow Board colleagues to meet our members' needs and to protect, promote, and advance veterinarians in our diverse veterinary profession," she told JAVMA News.

"It will be my priority to work collaboratively with members of the House of Delegates, councils, and committees, along with other stakeholders, on topics related to the challenges that our veterinary profession faces now."

She will be eligible for re-election to a six-year term.

Dr. Strother is founder and director of the North Alabama Cat and Bird Veterinary Clinic in Hartselle, the second clinic she has opened since receiving her DVM degree in 1986 from Tuskegee University.

She has held key leadership posts with the AVMA, the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, and the Alabama VMA. Currently, she chairs the AVMF Board of Directors.

Dr. Strother served as AVMA vice president, the Association's official liaison to the Student AVMA and student chapters, from 2010-12. She has also supported students through preceptorships and externships at her clinic. She chaired the now-sunset AVMA Council on Public Relations.

The ALVMA conferred its highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, on Dr. Strother in 2015 and named her Veterinarian of the Year in 2002. She served as president from 1997-98, represented Alabama in the AVMA House of Delegates as alternate delegate and then delegate, chaired the ALVMA Public Relations and Human/Animal Bond committees, and now chairs the ALVMA Veterinary Technology Committee.

A frequent speaker on veterinary health care topics, she has been a guest on "Good Morning America," the "Today Show," and pet segments on Fox News.

Dr. Strother is married to Dr. Newman, who resigned from the Board position for health reasons. While on the Board, Dr. Newman encouraged the profession's expansion into nontraditional veterinary career fields, notably, biomedical research. They reside on a small farm in Hartselle with seven cats, three horses, Milton the donkey, and Milton's donkey girlfriend, Millie Belle.