(SAN ANTONIO) August 8, 2016—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) named Dr. Arthur V. Tennyson a recipient of its 2016 President’s Award. Tennyson received the award during the President’s Reception at the AVMA Convention 2016 in San Antonio. He was recognized for his more than 26 years of service as a staff member at the AVMA.
“Dr. Tennyson’s contributions have made a positive lasting impression on the AVMA, and have made us more responsive to the needs of our members and the profession overall,” said Dr. Joe Kinnarney, AVMA president. “His important work in maintaining our governance documents, serving as a trusted adviser to our staff and leadership, and providing quality staff support to our councils and committees have enhanced the AVMA’s role as a trusted leader in the profession and an organization our members are proud to call their own. I congratulate Dr. Tennyson on all of his achievements and thank him for his outstanding service to the AVMA and the veterinary profession.”
Tennyson joined the AVMA staff in 1977 as director of its Membership and Field Services Division. He served in that role until his appointment as assistant executive vice president in 1996. Tennyson retired from the AVMA in 2004. During his 26-plus year tenure at the AVMA, the association’s membership increased from 26,000 members to more than 70,000 members. Prior to joining the AVMA, Tennyson served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1970, and spent three years as a mixed-animal practitioner and part owner of a veterinary practice in Vermont. He received his Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris degree from the University of Pennsylvania.