AVMA celebrates successful elections of two members
(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) November 9, 2012 – Two veterinarians won seats in Congress during the general election on Nov. 6, 2012. Rep. Kurt Schrader, DVM (D-Ore.) won his third term and Dr. Ted Yoho, a Florida Republican, won his first.
“It’s exciting to see that we will have two veterinarians serving this country and our profession as members of Congress,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). “The AVMA is proud of these two members who have attained such esteem within their communities to win election to a national office.”
Rep. Schrader of Canby, Ore., was elected to his third term serving the state’s 5th Congressional District, narrowly defeating three opponents. During his two terms in the House of Representatives, Rep. Schrader has worked with the AVMA on a number of issues important to the profession, including soring and drug regulations. He serves on the Agriculture Committee and the Small Business Committee. Dr. Schrader received his DVM from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine and practiced in Oregon City prior to being elected to Congress.
Dr. Yoho of Trenton, Fla., a Republican from the state’s 3rd Congressional District, narrowly defeated Rep. Cliff Stearns in the Republican primary before
defeating Democrat J.R. Gaillot and Independent Philip Dodds in Tuesday’s general election. He is a small business owner and a large-animal veterinarian serving north central Florida who received his DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine.