The AVMA’s professional staff works in conjunction with the Board of Directors, House of Delegates, and other member volunteers to protect, promote, and advance the veterinary profession. Reporting to the Office of the Executive Vice President, staff are organized into divisions responsible for specific topical areas—from advocacy and animal welfare, to membership services, convention planning, animal and public health, accreditation, research, economics, and support services. Together, AVMA’s professional staff take pride in supporting AVMA members, and animal and human health.
Executive vice president and chief executive officer
As AVMA CEO, Dr. Donlin works closely with AVMA’s volunteer leaders, staff and veterinary colleagues to advance the AVMA's mission "to lead the profession by advocating for our members and advancing the science and practice of veterinary medicine to improve animal and human health."
Dr. Donlin started working for the AVMA in 1991 as an assistant director in what was then the AVMA Scientific Activities Division. Over the course of the next 17 years, she served as an interim division director, associate executive vice president and assistant executive vice president. She became chief veterinary officer of the Global Veterinary Business Channel of Hill's Pet Nutrition before returning to the AVMA family as chief executive officer of the AVMA Professional Liability Insurance Trust (AVMA PLIT). She became AVMA’s CEO in 2016.
Assistant executive vice president
Dr. Granstrom’s responsibilities include governance and administration as well as oversight of several divisions. He sits on the AVMA Board of Directors as an invited participant and provides professional staff support to the Board Governance Committee. He also serves as liaison-trustee on the boards of trustees for the AVMA trusts and as a liaison to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation. Previously, Dr. Granstrom led the AVMA Education and Research Division and spent several years as associate director of USDA’s Animal and Natural Resources Institute. Dr. Granstrom spent time as a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky and owned and operated a solo mixed practice in Laurie, Missouri. Dr. Granstrom also served a 21-year career as a public health officer in the Kansas and Kentucky Air National Guard, retiring as lieutenant colonel in 2005.
Adrian Hochstadt, JD, CAE
Deputy chief executive officer
Adrian Hochstadt has served as AVMA’s deputy chief executive officer since 2016. Previously, he helped create and shape the association’s state advocacy program, working closely with state and allied veterinary medical associations in advocating on behalf of the veterinary profession. Hochstadt also has served in executive roles at the North American Veterinary Community, Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and American Bar Association.