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April 01, 2020

AAHA leader leaving in June

Published on March 11, 2020

The American Animal Hospital Association’s CEO of 10 years leaves the organization June 30.

Dr. Cavanaugh
Dr. Michael T. Cavanaugh

Dr. Michael T. Cavanaugh, once a small animal practitioner, led the AAHA through restructuring of the organization’s governance, expansion of AAHA services into fields such as purchasing and veterinarian well-being, and changing the organization’s yearly conference to focus more on connections and community, reflected in the renamed Connexity. An announcement distributed in February also credits Dr. Cavanaugh with leading efforts to improve AAHA’s educational products for all veterinary team members, including associate veterinarians, practice managers, executives, and clinical professionals.

He plans to leave the AAHA at the end of the association’s fiscal year.

Dr. Cavanaugh joined AAHA as executive director in January 2010. He earned his veterinary degree in 1983 from Kansas State University, practiced small animal medicine while serving on AAHA committees, and worked for Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Heska, and Pfizer Animal Health before becoming AAHA’s CEO.

At press time, the AAHA board of directors and executives planned to search for a new CEO this spring. In the announcement, board president Dr. Guylaine Charette praised Dr. Cavanaugh for an invaluable impact on the association and its members and said she sees opportunities for the organization as it enters its next chapter.