March 01, 2018


 AVMA managing association executives, hires CEO Johnson

​Posted Feb. 14, 2018
Ralph Johnson
(Photo by R. Scott Nolen)

The AVMA began providing association management services to the Veterinary Medical Association Executives on Jan. 1.

Dr. Janet Donlin, AVMA chief executive officer, officially welcomed the VMAE during the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference, Jan. 4-7 in Chicago. She discussed the role of the executives of state VMAs and other veterinary associations in the growth of veterinary medicine and the AVMA.

"VMAE is thrilled with our new relationship with AVMA," said Deloris Green Gaines, VMAE president, in an AVMA announcement. "It is a perfect collaboration for promoting and advancing veterinary medicine. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and looking forward to a positive partnership that will benefit the veterinary profession as a whole."

Ralph Johnson, VMAE chief executive officer, also joined the AVMA staff Jan. 1 as director of special projects. Johnson will remain CEO of the VMAE, overseeing the association management services that the AVMA will now provide. As AVMA director of special projects, he will assist the AVMA with initiatives focused on delivering high-quality products and services to AVMA members. Tesha Hoff will continue as VMAE association manager as an independent contractor.

Johnson, who resides in Denver, spent 18 years as CEO of the Colorado VMA and its charitable arm, PetAid Colorado. During that time, he also served as a volunteer for VMAE and the AVMA in diverse positions.