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 AVMA provides association management to VMAE

​The American Veterinary Medical Association began providing association management services to the Veterinary Medical Association Executives (VMAE) on Jan. 1, 2018. AVMA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Janet Donlin officially welcomed the VMAE under the new arrangement during the opening Plenary Session at the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference on Friday, Jan. 5.

"Executives of state and allied associations contribute a tremendous depth of perspective and understanding of the issues facing our profession," said AVMA President Dr. Michael Topper. "This liaison is one more way we can work together to protect, promote and advocate for the interests of the entire veterinary profession."

Announcing the arrangement, Dr. Donlin discussed the role of state and allied association executives in the growth of veterinary medicine and the AVMA. "In fact, this very meeting began as a way for association executives to meet and exchange ideas," Dr. Donlin said. "The state and allied executive directors of veterinary associations saw the benefits belonging to a professional association. ASVMAE, now VMAE, was formed and the rest is history!"

The executives for state and allied veterinary medical associations have a great deal of knowledge and benefit from shared insight, resources and talent. The veterinary profession and industry recognizes them as thought leaders, influencers and strategic partners who can reach veterinarians in unique and meaningful ways.

"VMAE is thrilled with our new relationship with AVMA," said Deloris Green Gaines, VMAE president. "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."

"I am also thrilled to officially welcome Ralph Johnson, VMAE chief executive officer, to the AVMA family," said Dr. Donlin. Johnson joined the AVMA on January 1 as director of special projects. Johnson will remain CEO of VMAE, overseeing the association management services the AVMA will now provide to VMAE, and as 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 her role as VMAE association manager, ensuring a seamless transition and the continuation of excellent service delivery to VMAE members.

"The VMAE board eagerly embraced the opportunity to receive association management services from AVMA, and I share their enthusiasm!" said Johnson. "This arrangement strengthens VMAE's ability to help VMA executives create thriving organizations and provide effective leadership within the veterinary profession. We'll all be rowing in the same direction – with gusto!"

Johnson spent 18 years as CEO of the Colorado VMA and its charitable arm, PetAid Colorado. During that time, he also served as an engaged volunteer for both VMAE and AVMA in diverse roles. He is well versed with the issues facing the veterinary profession from all perspectives, local, state and national and has provided numerous AVMA councils, committees and task forces with the keen perspective of someone who understands concerns facing each of our state and allied associations.

"We know the future is bright with the AVMA providing association support to the VMAE," said Dr. Donlin. "There's a natural alignment in the missions of AVMA and VMAE, and this arrangement will help the organizations communicate and collaborate even more effectively to promote, protect and advance the veterinary community."

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