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 Dr. Michael L. Whitehair elected AVMA Board chair

Dr. Michael Whitehair(INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana) Dr. Michael L. Whitehair, a large-animal veterinarian from Abilene, Kan., has been elected chair of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Board of Directors. Whitehair, who most recently served as vice chair of the board, succeeds Dr. Mark Helfat, and was officially installed to his new post at the Board of Directors' July meeting. As chair, Whitehair will preside at all board meetings, perform other duties as prescribed by the board and chair the AVMA Board of Governors.

Whitehair said he will work to ensure that the AVMA continues to play a leadership role in addressing the needs of its members and society as a whole.

"To help ensure a bright future for veterinary medicine, the AVMA must continue to maintain a strong relationship with its stakeholders. This is critical to our success and will help fulfill our mission of leading the profession by advocating for our members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health," said Whitehair. "I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as AVMA Board chair and to lead this distinguished body as we strive to protect, promote and advance veterinarians and the veterinary profession."

Whitehair serves on the AVMA Board as the District IX representative for AVMA members living in Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Utah. He previously served as the Kansas delegate in the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) and on the HOD's House Advisory Committee (HAC), where he was HAC chair and a nonvoting member of the AVMA Board. He served on the selection committee for the AVMA executive vice president in 2008, and was a member of the AVMA 20/20 Vision Commission and the AVMF Scholarship Committee for Rural Recent Graduates in 2010.

Whitehair is also a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners and the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association (KVMA). He served as KVMA president in 1993, and he received the KVMA 2008 Distinguished Service Award. Whitehair belongs to the Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) and previously served on the AVC Board of Directors and as AVC president.

Whitehair's clinical interests include beef cattle, feedlot and equine medicine. He is currently a partner at Abilene Animal Hospital, P.A., a mixed-animal practice specializing in swine herd health management, equine reproduction, greyhound sports medicine, orthopedic surgery, canine reproductive technology, feline medicine, surgery, veterinary chiropractics and physical therapy.

He received his veterinary degree from the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.​​

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