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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

  7/24/2017

 Dr. Robert 'Kit' Flowers and Christian Veterinary Mission receive 2017 AVMA President's Award

Dr. Robert 'Kit' Flowers(INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana)—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Robert 'Kit' Flowers and the Christian Veterinary Mission recipients of its 2017 President's Award. Annually, the AVMA President personally recognizes individuals or groups they deem have made extraordinary contributions to health, veterinary organizations, or the profession. Flowers, who received the award during AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis, was recognized for his work with the Christian Veterinary Mission in providing relief, training and veterinary services to underprivileged communities across the globe.

"Dr. Flowers has dedicated his life to building bridges across cultures and serving communities around the world through education and training," said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA President. "By sharing his veterinary and leadership skills, he has had a profound impact on the lives of thousands. I congratulate Dr. Flowers on all of his achievements and thank him for his outstanding service to animal health and the practice of veterinary medicine across the globe."

Dr. Flowers received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. He began his career in a Washington State private practice and later transitioned to service as Captain in the United States Air Force, stationed in Panama City, Florida. Following his service he opened a mixed animal practice in Panama City. He and his wife Jan began their work with the Christian Veterinary Mission (CVM) with a short-term service trip to Haiti. They continued their ministry as field workers in Kenya, serving the Maasai people from 1985-1990. In 1990 Dr. Flowers returned to Washington where he joined CVM as a staff member. He was appointed President and Executive Director of the organization in 1993, a role in which he continues to serve today.

The Christian Veterinary Mission was founded in 1978 with the mission to help veterinary students and professionals live out their Christian faith through their profession by serving in their own communities and worldwide. Since then, the organization has deployed over 5,500 veterinary professionals and 2,000 students to communities in 65 different countries, contributing veterinary services, support, training and outreach.

Visit avma.org/Awards for more details on the AVMA's Veterinary Excellence Awards program.​

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