Dr. Larry R. Corry of Loganville, Ga., and Dr. Richard E. Coon of Forest Grove, Ore., have been elected to the AVMA Executive Board.
As representative of the newly reconfigured District IV, Dr. Corry, who ran unopposed, will represent Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico on the board. The districts were redrawn under a plan approved by the AVMA House of Delegates last year to provide members with more equitable representation on the Executive Board.
Dr. Coon defeated Dr. Kerri E. Marshall of Portland, Ore., for the District XI seat, and will represent Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington through 2008. Wyoming will be moved from District IX to XI in July 2006 as part of the redistricting plan.
A 1966 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Corry continues to practice small animal medicine in the greater Atlanta area. He is a former director, treasurer, and president of the Georgia VMA, which named him Veterinarian of the Year in 1992.
Dr. Corry currently represents Georgia in the HOD and serves on the AVMA Political Action Committee Policy Board. He was once also a member of the House Advisory Committee.
His election to the board is a "tremendous honor," Dr. Corry said, noting that his experience in organized veterinary medicine has him "up to the task." Minimizing costs of the Association will be a priority of his term, he explained.
Dr. Coon is a third-generation veterinarian; his grandfather and father operated draft horse and dairy practices, respectively, in Forest Grove. He received his DVM degree in 1960 from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. From 1961-1963 Dr. Coon served in the Army Veterinary Corps. Afterward, he owned a mixed practice, from which he retired last year.
Since 1989, Dr. Coon has represented Oregon as a delegate and alternate delegate in the HOD. He is a former president of the Oregon VMA, which honored Dr. Coon with its Meritorious Service Award in 2000.
Dr. Coon is also honored by his election, adding, "I've been involved in organized veterinary medicine for a number of years, and [I am] certainly interested in continuing that trend."
Dr. Coon wants to get the message of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues to the states he represents. "I think [the NCVEI] will help the economics of veterinary medicine, and I'd certainly like to be part of that process."