(DENVER, Colorado) July 26, 2014—This week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) awards Jeffrey Klausner, DVM, MS, DACVIM, senior vice president and chief medical officer of Banfield Pet Hospital, the 2014 AVMA Meritorious Service Award.
During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Denver, July 25-29, the AVMA honors some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during several events and ceremonies. Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people across the country and around the globe. These recipients represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.
The AVMA Meritorious Service Award is given annually to recognize an individual veterinarian who has brought public honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through personal, professional or community service activities that are conducted outside the scope of organized veterinary medicine or research. Klausner receives the award during the AVMA Convention’s Opening General Session at 6 p.m. on Friday, July 25, at the Bellco Theatre in the Colorado Convention Center.
In his positions with Banfield, Klausner provides strategic leadership across the practice, ensuring quality medicine is delivered at all 850 Banfield Pet Hospitals in the United States and Puerto Rico.
Before joining Banfield, Klausner was president and chief executive officer of The Animal Medical Center in New York City. Prior to that, he served for nine years as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota, where he previously served as chair of the Department of Small Animal Clinical Sciences and as an academic faculty member at the college.
Over the course of his veterinary career, Klausner has published 64 peer-reviewed journal articles, 20 non peer-reviewed journal articles and 28 book chapters. He has also presented at more than 54 continuing education programs. His list of honors includes the 2005 Distinguished Alumni of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine and the 2006 American Veterinary Medical Association President’s Award.
Klausner earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, and his Master of Science degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine.