AVMA Leadership

AVMA Officers

AVMA Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the administrative body of the Association. The 18-member board is comprised of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Treasurer (non-voting), 1 representative from each of 11 geographic districts elected by the veterinarians residing in that district, the House Advisory Committee Chair (non-voting), and the Student AVMA President (non-voting).  
  • Board of Directors Chair 2016-2017 — Mark Helfat, DVM
  • Board of Directors Vice Chair 2015-2016 — Michael Whitehair, DVM
  • Karen Bradley, DVM — District I
    Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont
  • Mark Helfat, DVM — District II
    Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia
  • Michael Newman, DVM — District III
    Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee
  • José Arce, DVM — District IV
    Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico
  • Gary Brown, DVM — District V
    Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and West Virginia
  • Chester (Chet) Rawson, DVM, DACT — District VI
    Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin
  • John Howe, DVM — District VII
    Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota
  • Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline), CVJ — District VIII
    Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas
  • Michael Whitehair, DVM — District IX
    Arizona, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah
  • George Bishop, DVM — District X
    California, Hawaii and Nevada
  • Rena Carlson, DVM — District XI
    Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming
  • David Ylander, DVM — House Advisory Committee Chair, Invited Participant
  • Matt Holland — Student AVMA President, Invited Participant

AVMA House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is composed of AVMA members from 70 state and territorial, and allied veterinary medical groups. Association policies are set by the House of Delegates, made up of one delegate and one alternate delegate from each organization represented. The House of Delegates convenes each summer at the AVMA Annual Convention and each winter at the Veterinary Leadership Conference.

House Advisory Committee

The House Advisory Committee consists of seven members elected by the House of Delegates to advise and make recommendations to the House of Delegates and Board of Directors, and to review and approve the credentials of candidates for President, President-Elect, Vice President, councils, and the House Advisory Committee. The following individuals compose the House Advisory Committee: 
  • Chair — David Ylander, DVM, Alliance, NE — Representing At-Large
  • Vice Chair — Douglas Kratt, DVM, Onalaska, WI — Representing At-Large
  • Michael Ames, DVM, Douglas, AZ — Representing At-Large
  • Sandra Faeh Butler, DVM, River Forest, IL — Representing At-Large
  • Melanie Marsden, DVM, Colorado Springs, CO — Representing At-Large
  • Jon Pennell, DVM, Las Vegaz, NV — Representing At-Large
  • Saundra Willis, DVM, Tacoma, WA — Representing At-Large