(SAN DIEGO, Calif.) August 7, 2012— The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Executive Board elected Janver D. Krehbiel, DVM, MS, Ph.D. of Mason, Mich. as its chair.
In 2007, Dr. Krehbiel was elected by veterinarians in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia as the representative for District V on the AVMA Executive Board. Dr. Krehbiel replaces Dr. Theodore J. Cohn, whose term on the Executive Board expired this year.
“It is an honor and a privilege to be elected chair of the Executive Board. I look forward to working with an excellent board and the very professional and devoted staff of the AVMA,” says Dr. Krehbiel. “I'm excited by this opportunity to help address the challenges ahead for our veterinary profession. The economic downturn of the past three years, and the rising cost of veterinary medical education have had a major impact on the AVMA and our members. We must continue our efforts to help resolve the financial struggles faced by veterinarians and veterinary students.”
Dr. Krehbiel received his DVM from Kansas State University and has experience in private clinical practice. He has served as a veterinarian on Anderson Air Force Base in Guam and has 42 years of academic experience at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. His administrative duties included ten years as director of the
clinical pathology laboratory as well as serving as acting and associate chair of the department of Pathology. He was appointed associate dean for academic and student affairs in 1989, a position he held until 2006. In 1998 he was given additional responsibilities as senior associate dean, and he also served the college as acting dean for the year 2005.
Dr. Krehbiel has also been involved in organized veterinary medicine. He served as president of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, chairperson of the Association of Academic Deans, chairperson of the AVMA Informatics Committee, chairperson of the National Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners and six years as a member of the AVMA Council of Education and the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities. He also served as president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology.
The Executive Board also elected as its vice chair Dr. Thomas F. Meyer of Vancouver, Wash., who represents District XI, which is comprised of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Wyoming. Dr. Meyer received his DVM from Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Meyer established the Mountain View Veterinary Hospital in 1979 and has served organized veterinary medicine in many capacities, including leadership positions at the local, state and national levels. Dr. Meyer was chair of the AVMA House Advisory Committee from 2002 to 2003 and represented private practice-predominately equine on this committee from 1999 to 2007. He has served in the AVMA House of Delegates as a delegate or alternative delegate since 1995. He was elected president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association in 1988 and was honored as its Veterinarian of the Year in 2004