Meyer elected, candidacies launched

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Dr. Meyer
Dr. Tom Meyer

Dr. Tom Meyer became the 2015-2016 AVMA president-elect July 10 during the AVMA House of Delegates’ regular annual session in Boston.

As the lone candidate for the office, Dr. Meyer was declared elected by unanimous consent.

Dr. Meyer, a former HOD member and former AVMA Board of Directors chair, co-owns a mixed animal practice in Vancouver, Washington, with his wife, Dr. Jean Meyer. He will succeed Dr. Joe Kinnarney as AVMA president next summer.

At the Candidates’ Introductory Breakfast earlier that day, Drs. Jan Strother and Michael Topper announced they are running for 2016-2017 AVMA president-elect, while Dr. Stacy Pritt launched her campaign for 2016-2018 AVMA vice president. The vice president—currently Dr. Rebecca Stinson—serves a two-year term, acting as the AVMA liaison to the Student AVMA and student chapters and serving as a voting member of the BOD.

Dr. Strother
Dr. Jan Strother
Dr. Topper
Dr. Michael Topper
Dr. Pritt
Dr. Stacy Pritt

Dr. Strother is vice chair of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation as well as a former AVMA vice president and current Alabama delegate to the HOD. She is married to Dr. Michael Newman, an AVMA Board of Directors member, and is founder and hospital director of the North Alabama Cat & Bird Veterinary Clinic, a multidoctor companion and exotic animal practice in Hartselle, Alabama.

Dr. Topper is the immediate past chair of the House Advisory Committee and has been a member of the HOD since 2008. A veteran of the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps, he currently is director of clinical pathology and immunology for Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Topper previously was director of the Division of Pathology at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.

The candidate for vice president, Dr. Pritt, is director of the institutional animal care and use committee in the Research Administration department at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She is the American Society of Laboratory Animal Practitioners delegate to the HOD and is a member of the AVMA Political Action Committee Board.

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