(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) July 29, 2021— In one of his final acts as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Dr. Douglas Kratt presented three AVMA President’s Awards to those who have made a positive impact on health, veterinary organizations and the profession.
This year’s recipients are AVMA Past President Dr. René Carlson and her husband, Dr. Mark Carlson; Carole Jordan, AVMA’s director of governance administration; and the veterinary profession.
Drs. René and Mark Carlson
“This award is presented in recognition and appreciation for the inspiration René and Mark provided me throughout my leadership journey in organized veterinary medicine,” said Dr. Kratt. “We could have open and honest conversations, challenge conventional thinking and be supportive of the decisions we made. Their interactions and supportiveness for each other and those around them, inside and outside of the world of veterinary medicine, has been inspiring and has greatly contributed to my success in the veterinary profession.”
Dr. Kratt also presented an AVMA President’s Award to Carole Jordan, AVMA’s director of governance administration. Jordan, who has been with the AVMA for 33 years, worked for several years in the association’s Education and Research Division before joining the Office of the Executive Vice President in 1999.
“Carole has been an invaluable source of support and commitment during my leadership roles at the AVMA,” said Dr. Kratt. “She has helped challenge my growth as a leader, and her guidance, knowledge and professionalism have been instrumental during my presidency , and to the many leaders of this profession.”
The Veterinary profession
Finally, Dr. Kratt is recognizing the entire veterinary profession with the AVMA President’s Award, for the integral role its members played during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Everyone came together, not only for the clients and patients, but also for each other, while adapting to the ever-changing challenges of the pandemic,” said Dr. Kratt. “So many facets of the veterinary profession contributed to the successes made during this most challenging time: veterinarians and veterinary teams adjusting delivery of care to continue treating patients; veterinary technicians quickly adapting the way they work; practice managers adjusting protocols to stay open and serve patients; diagnostic sectors testing human and animal samples; researchers helping to develop vaccines; those in regulatory medicine making sure the food supply was safe; veterinary colleges modifying their education methods to a virtual setting; receptionists accommodating the way they assist patients; and so much more.
“I am proud of all the work that has and continues to be accomplished and I am honored to be part of such a strong and resilient profession.”
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