September 15, 2017


 Whitehair and Brown win top seats on AVMA Board

Posted Aug. 30, 2017

Dr. Whitehair Dr. Brown
Dr. Michael Whitehair Dr. Gary Brown

The AVMA Board of Directors elected Drs. Michael Whitehair and Gary Brown as chair and vice chair, respectively, while meeting July 25 in Indianapolis.

Dr. Whitehair is a mixed animal practitioner from Abilene, Kansas, who has served on the AVMA Board since 2012 when AVMA members in the District IX states of Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah elected him as their representative on the board. Dr. Whitehair joined the Board after spending some 13 years in the House of Delegates, where he was a member of the House Advisory Committee as well as its chair.

In 2008, Dr. Whitehair was part of the selection committee that chose Dr. Ron DeHaven as the new AVMA executive vice president and CEO. Dr. Whitehair chaired the committee that selected Dr. Janet Donlin to succeed Dr. DeHaven when he retired in 2016.

A 1974 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Whitehair is a partner in the Abilene Animal Hospital. His clinical interests include beef cattle, feedlot, and equine medicine. The practice also includes three veterinarians who are health and production consultants in swine medicine and three veterinarians who focus on companion animal medicine, surgery, and equine practice.

Dr. Brown is a 1984 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and owns a small animal practice in Princeton, West Virginia. He is a former president of the West Virginia VMA and for seven years was a member of the HOD. In 2008, Dr. Brown was elected to the first of his two terms as AVMA vice president. He joined the AVMA Board in 2013 as the District V representative for Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia.