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 Two veterinarians announce candidacy for AVMA president-elect

​​​​​Dr. Angela Demaree Dr. John Howe

​​(INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana) Dr. Angela Demaree, an Indiana veterinarian and a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, and Dr. John Howe, a Minnesota mixed-animal practitio​ner, are running for president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Demaree and Howe, who announced their respective candidacies at the AVMA Candidates Introductory Breakfast last Friday, will campaign for the role over the next year, with the election taking place in July 2018.

Demaree currently serves on the AVMA State Advocacy Committee, the American Association of Equine Practitioners' Welfare and Public Policy Advisory Council and the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine's Alumni Board. She was a candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives for Indiana's 5th congressional district in 2016 and is a former equine medical director for the Indiana Horse Racing Commission (IHRC), where she oversaw the equine drug testing program at the two Indiana horse racetracks. Prior to joining the IHRC, Demaree worked for the AVMA as an assistant director in the Governmental Relations Division. She was also an associate in a companion animal practice, and completed a surgical internship at an equine sports medicine and surgery practice.

Demaree, who was deployed in 2012 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, received her veterinary degree from the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, and anticipates completing her Master of Public Health in Biostatistics and Epidemiology from the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in August 2018.

Howe is the District VII representative on the AVMA Board of Directors, which includes members living in Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. During his service on the AVMA Board, Howe has chaired the State Advocacy Committee and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and has served as AVMA Board liaison to a large number of AVMA councils and committees. In addition, he served as vice chair of the AVMA Council on Veterinary Services and the Governance Performance Review Committee, and as a fill-in delegate or alternate delegate from Minnesota on the AVMA House of Delegates. Howe is also a member of several other veterinary organizations.

After receiving his veterinary degree, Howe started a solo mixed-animal practice in North Branch, Minn. After selling the practice, he established North Country Equine and Large Animal Medical Center in Grand Rapids, Minn., which evolved into North Country Veterinary Clinic, a five-doctor mixed-animal practice. North Country Veterinary Clinic became a part of National Veterinary Associates in 2007, and Howe currently manages the practice. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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