Scott MacKenzie and Dr. Mia Cary joined the AVMA in October as division director of Membership and Field Services and chief of professional development and strategic alliances, respectively.
MacKenzie is responsible for directing the overall planning, coordination, and supervision of the M&FS Division, along with maintaining and developing Association policies and programs for membership. Dr. Cary has taken the reins in a newly created position in which she is overseeing continuing education and leadership initiatives for the AVMA as well as corporate sponsorship and strategic alliances with key organizations.
"The AVMA represents more than 89,000 individuals, and the addition of Mr. MacKenzie in this role will further our ability to protect, promote, and advance the interests of our members," said Dr. Janet Donlin, AVMA CEO. "Dr. Cary's energy, drive, and unique background are a perfect fit for the dynamic future we are building for our members."
MacKenzie is a certified association executive and most recently was senior director of member engagement and strategy with the American Health Information Management Association in Chicago. MacKenzie was also director of business insight and market analytics and director of market research for AHIMA.
"I'm excited to join the AVMA at such an exciting time for veterinary medicine and the organization," MacKenzie said. "I feel fortunate to be part of such a talented team and am looking forward to building on the Membership and Field Services Division's past successes to continue to drive membership programming, engagement, and growth."
Dr. Cary previously worked for the North American Veterinary Community as chief collaboration officer, chief innovation officer, executive director of the Veterinary Innovation Council, and vice president of industry relations. Prior to the NAVC, Dr. Cary held key management and senior positions with Boehringer Ingelheim and Novartis Animal Health.
"I have a passion for collaboration," said Dr. Cary, a 1999 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.
"The AVMA is unique in its collaborative nature. Its history and commitment to every aspect of veterinary medicine is amazing, but it can also provide challenges to collaboration. I love that the AVMA embraces its professionally diverse membership and that they recognize that by listening to different perspectives they are strengthening the profession. I think I am up for the challenge."