New volunteer leaders elected at 2019 AVMA Convention

Published on August 07, 2019

Dr. Doug Kratt is new president-elect; Drs. Faeh and Arce announce candidacies

The AVMA House of Delegates elected Dr. Doug Kratt as the AVMA's president-elect.

The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) elected new volunteer leaders during the 2019 AVMA Convention, including Dr. Doug Kratt as the AVMA’s new president-elect. As the 2019-2020 president-elect, Dr. Kratt will become AVMA president in 2020.

Two AVMA volunteer leaders also announced their candidacies for 2020-2021 AVMA officer positions. Dr. Sandra Faeh submitted her candidacy for AVMA vice president, and Dr. Jose Arce announced his candidacy for AVMA president-elect. Dr. Faeh is the former chair of the AVMA House Advisory Committee, and she also served eight years in the HOD. Dr. Arce is a current AVMA Board of Directors member representing District IV, which includes Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.

As quoted in the AVMA Convention Daily News, Dr. Kratt explained his approach to helping lead the AVMA on a course of service to its members. “What is my agenda when I become president? I don’t have an agenda. A leader listens to the members and follows the strategic plan of the organization and does not push a personal agenda; they are a steward of the organization.”

As president-elect, Dr. Kratt will assist the president and substitute for the president when necessary, preside over all sessions of the HOD, and serve as a voting member of the AVMA Board of Directors. He will begin his presidential term in August 2020. Dr. Kratt is a 1998 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine. He is a former president of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and has served in the AVMA HOD since 2011, including a year as chair of the House Advisory Committee.

The HOD also made numerous appointments to volunteer leadership roles on AVMA councils. All of the volunteer leaders will play critical roles in guiding AVMA’s member-driven mission to serve the veterinary profession’s goals. Appointments to AVMA councils and the House Advisory Committee include:

  • AVMA Council on Public Health: Dr. Will Sander was named as an at-large member of the council, and Dr. Karen Ehnert was named as a public health agencies or uniformed services representative.
  • AVMA Council on Veterinary Service: Kenichiro Yagi was named as a credentialed veterinary technician representative to the council; Dr. Stanley Robertson was named a representative of academic clinical science; Dr. Brittany Koether was named an at-large representative; and Dr. Julie Sanders was named a recent graduate or emerging leader representative.
  • AVMA Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents: Dr. Kim Cronin was named as an at-large member; Dr. Ignacio Correas was named as an immunology representative; and Dr. Jonathan Garber was named a private clinical practice – predominantly food animal representative.
  • AVMA Council on Research: Drs. Daniel Grooms and John Middleton were named as representatives of veterinary medical research.
  • AVMA House Advisory Committee: Dr. John Pennell was re-elected for a new term, and Drs. Amanda Bisol and Libby Todd were named as new members. Dr. Sandy Willis, a current member of the committee, was subsequently elected House Advisory Committee chair, and Dr. Pennell was elected vice chair.

Many AVMA members were also elected to numerous AVMA committees by the AVMA Board of Directors. They are:

  • AVMA Animal Welfare Committee: Dr. Katherine Weathers was named a primary representative from the American Association of Avian Pathologists, and Dr. Nancy Reimers was named the alternate representative; Dr. Angela Baysinger was named the primary representative from the American Association of Swine Veterinarians, and Dr. Carissa Odland was named the alternate representative; Dr. Peregrine Wolff was named the alternate representative from the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians/American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians; Dr. Emily McCobb was named the primary representative from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and Dr. Kathryn Proudfoot was named the alternate representative.
  • AVMA Food Safety Advisory Committee: Dr. Paulo Mohyla was named the primary representative from the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians.
  • Legislative Advisory Committee: Dr. Jose Linares was named the alternate representative from the American Association of Avian Pathologists; Dr. Calvin Johnson was named the primary representative from the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, and Dr. Jason Johnson was named the alternate representative
  • Steering Committee on Human-Animal Interactions: Dr. Angela Hughes was named the primary representative in the area of non-domestic human-animal relationships (wildlife, zoo, aquaria).

AVMA’s success depends on our member volunteers, and we have many leadership opportunities for veterinarians with experience and interest in any aspect of veterinary medicine. We encourage all members to consider volunteering.

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