Drs. Gary Brown of Sun Valley, West Virginia, and Rena Carlson of Chubbuck, Idaho, were elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of the AVMA Board of Directors during a meeting of the Board on July 17 in Denver.
Dr. Brown is the District V representative on the Board and served as vice chair for the past year. He received his veterinary degree from the University of Georgia in 1984 and owns a small animal practice in Princeton, West Virginia. He is a former West Virginia VMA president, member of the HOD, and AVMA vice president.
In 2013, Dr. Brown was elected to the AVMA Board as the representative for Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. He is a candidate for 2018-19 AVMA president-elect (seestory).
Dr. Carlson is a 1989 graduate of the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and co-owner of a mixed animal practice in Pocatello, Idaho. She has served in numerous leadership positions within the Idaho VMA, including president and board chair.
She represented Idaho in the AVMA HOD from 2004 until 2014, when AVMA members in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming elected her District IX representative to the AVMA Board.