Tennyson retires from AVMA staff

Published on May 15, 2004
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Dr. Arthur V. TennysonAfter more than 26 years of service as a staff member at the AVMA, Dr. Arthur V. Tennyson, the assistant executive vice president of the Association, has retired.

Dr. Tennyson joined the AVMA staff in 1977 as director of the Membership and Field Services Division. As director, Dr. Tennyson focused on making the AVMA more responsive to the needs of members and the profession. He served in that role until his appointment as assistant executive vice president in 1996. As assistant executive vice president, Dr. Tennyson has maintained the governing documents of the AVMA, served as adviser to AVMA staff and leaders, and functioned as staff support to the AVMA Political Action Committee in Washington, D.C. From 1996-2003, Dr. Tennyson was staff consultant to the Judicial Council and a trustee (ex officio) to the AVMA PLIT.

Over the past year and a half, Dr. Tennyson has been commuting regularly between the Schaumburg and Washington offices of the AVMA to support the AVMA Governmental Relations Division during the transitional period before and after Dr. Michael Chaddock, the director of the Governmental Relations Division, was hired on Jan. 1, 2003.

"For me personally, he has been a mentor for the last 17 months," Dr. Chaddock said. He added that Dr. Tennyson's tremendous knowledge of AVMA policies and processes have helped to keep the GRD focused on advancing the priorities of the Association.

Dr. Tennyson's retirement began at the beginning of May.

Following the announcement of his retirement at the AVMA Executive Board meeting, April 3, Dr. Tennyson received a standing ovation from the board and AVMA staff.

"I want to thank you for the singular honor and privilege of being able to serve this profession for 26 years," Dr. Tennyson said. "The AVMA has gone from 26,000 members to more than 70,000 members in that time. It has been a distinct pleasure to serve the veterinary profession."

Prior to joining the AVMA, Dr. Tennyson served in the U.S. Air Force from 1958-1970, and he received an MS in logistics management from the Air Force Institute of Technology in 1967. He earned his VMD degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1974, and spent three years as a mixed-animal practitioner and part owner of a veterinary practice in Vermont.

Dr. Janet Donlin has been named the interim assistant executive vice president to finish out Dr. Tennyson's term, which ends in July. Dr. Donlin will retain many of her current responsibilities in her new post, including providing staff support to the AVMA Task Force on State Legislative and Regulatory Initiatives, acting as director of the Executive Division, and serving as an (ex officio) AVMA GHLIT trustee.