Candidate: District IV Director
As a proud veterinarian for 42 years, with a diverse education and practical knowledge of the veterinary profession in the United States and other parts of the world, I have been engaged in organized veterinary medicine for many years and have a passion for the veterinary profession and the AVMA. I am honored for the opportunity to run for the AVMA Board of Directors District IV Director position to serve our members, especially members from Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. Each of the District IV states are very well managed and have an outstanding leadership team. I am confident that I possess the tools and experience to successfully work with our District IV team to fulfill the responsibility of this position.
Education and Specialties:
- Six months of mixed animal externship in Ireland, 1976-1977
- DVM. Pahlavi (Shiraz) University School of Veterinary Medicine, 1977
- Master of Science in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery and a Residency Diploma in Bovine Surgery and Medicine, Auburn University, 1981
- Diplomate of the American College of Theriogenologists, 1987
Embryo Transfer and IVF training, University of Florida 1985, University of Georgia, 1991
- Georgia Agri-Leaders Forum Agricultural Leadership training program, 2002
- Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician (FADD), USDA, 2003
Professional and Practice Experience:
- Clinical Instructor, Veterinary Teaching Hospital, Pahlavi University, 1977-1979
- Dairy farm veterinarian, Shiraz, 1978-1979
- Resident in Bovine Surgery and Medicine, Auburn University, 1979-1981
- Assistant/ Associate Professor of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine, 1981-1988
- Relief veterinarian in small animal emergency clinics and several mixed animal practices in Alabama, 1985-1989
- Associate Professor/ Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, Fort Valley State University, University System of Georgia. 1989-present
- Head and Program Director of Veterinary Technology, Department of Veterinary Science, Fort Valley State University. 1991, 2008-2013
- Small Ruminants Extension Veterinarian for Georgia, 1996-2008
- USDA Intermittent Veterinary Medical Officers in Georgia, 2002-2006
- Assistant Dean for Academic Program at the College of Agriculture, FVSU, 2014-2017
- Licensed in three states and a category II accredited veterinarian
- Georgia VMA
- American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners
- American College of Theriogenologists
- Society for Theriogenology
- International Goat Association
- Centennial Olympic Games in Atlanta, serving as a language agent and interpreter for the Games of the XXVI Olympiad. 1995-1996
- AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, 2001-2004
- AASRP Board of Directors, 2005-2011
- AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee, 2011-2017
- Animal Health Committee of the American Sheep Industry
Georgia Veterinary Medical Association (GVMA) Board of Directors, 2011-present
- AVMA HOD Alternate Delegate and Delegate, 2015-present
- GVMA Executive Board, 2017-2019
- AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA), 2018-present
- International volunteer veterinary mission for Winrock International farmer to farmer program in Bangladesh, and Jordan University of Science & Technology
- International veterinary work in Afghanistan for the US military reconstruction and capacity building efforts. Travelled to Afghanistan and led a team of local veterinary expert collaborators in Afghanistan Veterinary Association, Dutch Committee for Afghanistan, Kabul University Faculty of Veterinary Science, USAID and USDA to put a practical illustrated handbook together for the education of local farmers and animal health workers on farm animal production and care. I led the publication and co-authored the book “Illustrated Manual of Infectious Diseases of Livestock in Afghanistan” that was published in English, Dari, and Pashto. The book has proven to be very useful locally and for USAID and US military workers leading Afghanistan reconstruction efforts.
Beecham Award for Research Excellence, 1988
- Fort Valley State University Service Excellence Award, 2015
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Dr. Mobini – Statement of Reason for Seeking Office
As a proud veterinarian for 42 years, and with leadership experience as a global veterinarian, I have been engaged in organized veterinary medicine for many years and developed a diverse education and practice knowledge of the veterinary profession in the United States and other parts of the world. I have a passion for the veterinary profession, and I am keenly interested in the success of the AVMA. I am honored for the opportunity to run for the AVMA Board of Directors District IV Director position to serve our members, especially members from Georgia, Florida and Puerto Rico. Each of the District IV states are very well managed and have an outstanding leadership team. I am confident that I possess the tools and experience to successfully work with our District IV team to fulfill the responsibility of this position.
Organized veterinary medicine is more important to our profession now than ever before, and our members' continued engagement is vital to our future. Our profession is facing many complex challenges from legislators, corporate entities and insurance companies. We need to work together as a team to make inroads on the important issues identified by our members: wellness, student debt, diversity and inclusion, telemedicine, compounding, and practice ownership. We need to stay focused, involved, and advocate on behalf of our members at the AVMA.
I will actively support and advocate for more AVMA services and involvement in multicultural efforts, support for the many young women and men veterinarians that wear multiple hats in their everyday life taking care of family members / older parents, and work/ life balance. Wellness in both school and in the workplace is a dire need for everyone.
Giving back to the veterinary profession is a passion that I have always had. I mentored and guided many students for veterinary school, veterinary technology careers, recent graduates, farmers and fellow veterinarians. I shared my expertise by presentations at national and international venues and published books, book chapters, and numerous scientific and extension publications.
I have been an AVMA member since 1981. My first involvement in organized veterinary medicine was through the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners (AASRP), serving first as their representative to the AVMA Animal Welfare Committee, AASRP Board of Directors, and the AVMA Legislative Advisory Committee, which allowed me to learn and appreciate the value of the advocacy for our profession, and Animal Health Committee of the American Sheep Industry. As an Assistant Director and Director on the GVMA Board of Directors, I gained valuable experience before becoming the Georgia AVMA Alternate Delegate and later the Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates, as well as serving on the GVMA Executive Board. I also serve on the AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
It has been an honor to serve my colleagues in Georgia. It is my sincere desire to continue my leadership journey listening to the concerns of AVMA members in District IV and to support and enrich our profession as your representative on the Board. My background in GVMA, two allied veterinary organizations, AVMA committees and HOD, veterinary practice, veterinary extension, academia, research and administration gives me the necessary tools to continue serving my colleagues and AVMA as the District IV Director on the Board of Directors. I humbly ask for your support and vote in the upcoming election for AVMA District IV Director to represent Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico.
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