John W. Albers, DVM

AVMA Award 2011

John's experience in companion animal practice and organized veterinary medicine includes over 23 years of service as Executive Director of the American Animal Hospital Association. In addition, he has had extensive interaction with state and national veterinary associations, animal health pharmaceutical and pet food companies, pet insurance companies, distribution, academia, trade press and publication providers, conference organizers, the animal welfare community, government, and practitioners.

A recognized leader throughout his career, John served on the panel that authored the seminal Pew Foundation sponsored publication, Future Directions for Veterinary Medicine, which drove change in the delivery of veterinary education. In 1995, John authored the AAHA Report: A Study of the Companion Animal Veterinary Services Market, the first substantial work to examine the animal health delivery system, pet owner attitudes towards their pets, and the potential impact of consolidation on the companion animal segment of the profession.

In the late 1990's, John's leadership was instrumental in the comprehensive economic study, The Current and Future Market for Veterinarians and Veterinary Medical Services in the U.S., and the subsequent formation of the National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues (NCVEI). A founding member of the NCVEI, he served as a Director for almost ten years and was a primary presenter of the study results for the first two years following its publication.

Under John's leadership of AAHA, it became one of the most respected organizations in the profession, growing substantially in members, programs, and services, as well as revenue and net assets.

After retiring from AAHA at the end of 2009, John established Albers Veterinary Strategies, a very active strategic consultancy for the animal health industry and veterinary organizations. He also continues to be an active volunteer, serving on the Board of Directors of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Foundation and on the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee.