(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) July 27, 2015 – Dr. George W. Bishop has begun his service as a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors. Bishop, who was nominated for the post by the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) earlier this year, succeeds Dr. Theodore Trimmer as the board representative for District X, which includes AVMA members in California, Hawaii and Nevada. Bishop officially assumed his role on the AVMA Board on July 14.
"Involvement in organized veterinary medicine has long been an interest of mine since I served as president of the Student Chapter of the AVMA at Ohio State University. I have a great interest in all issues affecting our profession," said Bishop. "We have a very diverse profession with multiple interest areas that need to be preserved, protected and promoted. As a member of the AVMA Board of Directors, I look forward to utilizing the experiences I have gained throughout my career to effectively address the most critical issues facing veterinary medicine in this country and help the AVMA shape the future of the profession."
A full-time companion animal practitioner in Carmel, Calif., and a former dairy and hog farmer in central Ohio, Bishop represented California in the AVMA House of Delegates for 18 years. Bishop received the 2015 AVMA Advocacy Award earlier this month at the AVMA Annual Convention in Boston for his ongoing contributions in advancing the veterinary profession at the state and federal levels. He served on the AVMA Political Action Committee (PAC) Board for six years and as PAC Board chair for three years, where he informed veterinarians about the importance of maintaining a strong PAC so that the AVMA’s voice can be heard in the halls of Congress. He also served on the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee for six years, where he was instrumental in advancing the association’s legislative portfolio, and was a board member and treasurer of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
"As the veterinary profession continues to evolve, Dr. Bishop recognizes that accountability, responsibility and fiscal stability are critical to ensuring that the AVMA continues to have a seat at the table and influence state and federal policy decisions related to veterinary medicine so we can serve our membership more effectively," said AVMA Chief Executive Officer Dr. Ron DeHaven. "His commitment to advocacy for the profession and eagerness to participate in the ongoing dialogue about how to effectively address the issues facing the profession will make him a valued member of the AVMA Board."
Within the CVMA, Bishop has served as president and treasurer. He also was a member of its Board of Governors, Executive Committee and multiple other committees, including the association’s PAC, which he chaired for six years. In addition, Bishop serves on the CVMA's Veterinary Insurance Services Company Board and is treasurer of the CVMA's Pacific Veterinary Conference.
Bishop received his veterinary degree from the Ohio State University (OSU) College of Veterinary Medicine and previously served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Throughout his career, he has received many awards, including the CVMA Distinguished Life Membership Award, Lifetime Achievement Award (the CVMA’s highest honor) and the OSU Alumni Recognition Award.
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