Cohn elected, candidacies announced

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Dr. Ted Cohn was elected 2013-2014 AVMA president-elect during the House of Delegates’ regular annual session July 19 in Chicago.

Dr. Cohn
Dr. Ted Cohn (Photos by R. Scott Nolen

Earlier that morning, at an event held in conjunction with the HOD meeting, Drs. Larry Dee and Joseph Kinnarney launched their campaigns for the office of 2014-2015 AVMA president-elect.

In addition, Drs. Mark Russak and Rebecca Stinson announced their candidacies for 2014-2016 AVMA vice president. The vice president is a voting member of the Executive Board and the Association’s liaison to the Student AVMA and student chapters. The current vice president, Dr. Walter Threlfall, is serving the last of a two-year term.

Dr. Cohn was unopposed in his bid for president-elect and was declared unanimously elected to the office.

The Little Rock, Ark., native first became involved in organized veterinary medicine as a student at Tuskegee University. After receiving his DVM degree in 1975, Dr. Cohn began participating in veterinary organizations at the local, state, and national levels.

For seven years, Dr. Cohn represented Colorado veterinarians in the AVMA House of Delegates, and he recently completed a six-year term on the AVMA Executive Board. As board chair, he played a key role in developing the Association’s veterinary economic strategy.

While serving on the Executive Board, Dr. Cohn also chaired the Insurance Liaison Committee, Task Force on Strategic Planning, and Economic Vision Steering Committee and served as vice chair of the Task Force on Future Roles and Expectations.

Dr. Dee
Dr. Larry Dee
Dr. Kinnarney
Dr. Joseph Kinnarney
Dr. Russak
Dr. Mark Russak
Dr. Stinson
Dr. Rebecca Stinson

Dr. Dee (AUB ‘69) is co-owner of a companion animal hospital in Hollywood, Fla., and has served veterinary medicine as both a leader and an educator. He has been a delegate and alternate delegate for Florida to the AVMA House of Delegates, and he has also worked as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Medical Sciences at the University of Florida since 1983. Dr. Dee has represented Florida, Georgia, and Puerto Rico on the Executive Board since 2008.

Dr. Kinnarney (COR ‘80) is a mixed animal practitioner in Reidsville, N.C., and president of four small animal hospitals and an equine hospital. He was the president of the Cornell student chapter of the AVMA and president of the national Student AVMA. Within the AVMA, Dr. Kinnarney has served as vice president and was a member of the HOD for 17 years. In 2008 he was elected to the Executive Board as the representative of veterinarians in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee. Dr. Kinnarney completed his six-year term on the board this July.

Dr. Russak (COL ‘76) is a former American Animal Hospital Association president and a current member of its board of directors. The Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences alum has delivered more than 50 presentations at veterinary colleges throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean on such topics as business management and communication.

Dr. Stinson received her DVM degree from the University of Georgia in 2002 and was a participant in the AVMA Future Leaders Program. She has served on the AVMA Member Services Committee, the Council on Veterinary Service, and Model Practice Act Task Force. In addition, Dr. Stinson is a former SAVMA president and chair of the American Association of Equine Practitioners’ Student Relations Committee.