Michael P. Lent, DVM

Dr. Michael P. Lent

District 9 AVMA Board of Directors representative

Biographical sketch

Dr. Michael Lent has been a small animal practitioner in Tucson, Arizona, since 1996, where he stills continue to practice full time at Pantano Animal Clinic. His partner, Dr. Jack Quick (a 1988 Colorado State CVM grad) and he owned the clinic for 20 years, after buying it from its creator, Dr. Chuck Helwig—a 1966 Kansas State CVM grad and the former executive director of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association. In 2016, they sold it to a private company, Lakefield Veterinary Group, and Dr. Lent has continued to work for them as medical director of his clinic ever since. Pantano Animal Clinic just proudly celebrated its 50th anniversary serving the Tucson public.

Dr. Lent is a 1991 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced small animal medicine for five years in Indianapolis for Dr. Mike Thomas, a former AAHA president. He was born in Camp LeJeune, North Carolina—his father is a retired Marine captain who served in Vietnam, and his mother was a special education teacher. He grew up in northern New Jersey and graduated from a small undergraduate school in Maine, Bowdoin College, as a biochemistry major.

He has been involved in organized veterinary medicine for most of his 30-plus years in the profession, starting in veterinary school, where he served as Purdue president of the then-called SCAVMA (Student Chapter of the AVMA). He served as president of the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association from 2006-07 (as well as the Southern Arison VMA 1998-99), a 5 1/2-year term on the Arizona State Veterinary Medical Examining Board from 2004-09, and been involved as a charter member with the Animal Cruelty Task Force of southern Arizona since its inception in 1998, assisting law enforcement with investigations and educating the public about the link between animal abuse and human violence, especially domestic violence and child abuse. This group was founded by retired Pima County Sheriff Detective Mike Duffey, recipient of the AVMA Animal Welfare Award in 2002. He served the last three years as the Arizona alternate delegate to the AVMA and is currently serving as the Arizona delegate to the AVMA.

Outside of more traditional areas of involvement, Dr. Lent has also spoken to veterinary students in SAVMA and VBME groups at Purdue and Midwestern in Phoenix about the value of organized veterinary medicine and the importance of medical record-keeping and communication, as well as the link between animal abuse and human violence. He also serves on the Advisory Board of the National Association for Black Veterinarians after having attended the inaugural conference in New Orleans in 2019, speaking at the second conference at Ohio State CVM in 2022, and attending again last year in New Orleans. He also served three years on the Humane Society of southern Arizona board of directors and the Ott Family YMCA board of directors (serving as fundraising chair for two years and board chair for one). He has done charitable work (rabies vaccinations, spays/neuters and fieldwork) in Nicaragua with WorldVets and visited Cuba as part of a healthcare delegation led by Dr. Mike Paul, a former AAHA president, with the People to People program created by President Eisenhower.

He has been involved in legislative issues at both the state and national level. He testified at the Arizona state legislature at the beginning of his presidency, when they defeated a lay practitioner challenge to the practice act in 2006, and has been involved in many other state issues they have dealt with in the last few years, including telemedicine with respect to the VCPR and scope of practice. This year, he participated in the AVMA Legislative Fly-In in Washington, D.C., in April, and met with his Arizona senators and two congressmen on Capitol Hill about the Healthy Dog Importation act, Combatting Illicit Use of Xylazine Act, and obtaining additional funding for the Food Animal Residue Avoidance Databank (FARAD).

His wife, Dr. Stacey Lent, is an ACVIM diplomate and small animal internal medicine specialist, and a 1987 graduate of Kansas State CVM. They have two adult children, James and Joey.

He and his wife enjoy spending time at their cabin in the Coconino National Forest near a small town near Flagstaff, Arizona, called Mountainaire, at 7,000 feet elevation. They ski, fish, hike, and bike. His wife does dressage with her Lusitano, Gallie, and he teaches self-defense in Tucson. He holds the rank of black belt in Krav Maga in the Rising Phoenix system and also does some boxing, catch wrestling and edged weapons training. They have chickens, Pygmy goats and three dogs on about five acres adjacent to Saguaro National Park East.