The AVMA is excited to announce the expansion of our student initiatives. In order to enhance our support of veterinary students and SAVMA, as well as interns, residents and pre-veterinary students, we’ve added two staff veterinarians: Dr. Caroline Cantner and Dr. Anna Reddish have joined Dr. Derrick Hall to provide AVMA support to students. We are exploring new programs, products and services that will increase AVMA’s role and value in veterinary students’ education and future careers and strengthen our connection with students, faculty, interns and residents.
Dr. Hall will now lead the student initiatives team where they have each been assigned a U.S. region, as well as international schools with chapters, and will be the primary point of contact for the schools and students in their regions. The regional distribution will make it easier for each of them to establish stronger connections with the schools and students and facilitate more frequent visits to each school. Dr. Reddish is also serving as the liaison for pre-veterinary students and the American Pre-Veterinary Medical Association. Dr. Cantner will also be exploring opportunities to increase AVMA’s outreach to faculty, interns, and residents.
Dr. Caroline Cantner joined the AVMA Student Initiatives team after three and a half years in companion animal general practice. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Pennsylvania and was both a SAVMA Delegate as well as VBMA President during her time as a student. Dr. Cantner is a second generation veterinarian and her parents own a family practice outside Philadelphia. Prior to veterinary school, she spent two years serving as an AmeriCorps member in rural Washington state and three years as a constituent services representative for Pennsylvania State Senator Connie Williams. Dr. Cantner is currently based out of Denver, Colorado, and she is excited to bring her varied background and passion for veterinary medicine to the AVMA Student Initiatives Team! Dr. Cantner is responsible for the western region, which includes the veterinary programs at Washington State; Oregon State; California-Davis; Western; Colorado State; Kansas State; Oklahoma State; Texas A&M; Midwestern; and Louisiana State. She will also serve as the liaison for the Atlantic Veterinary College; University of Glasgow; and the Royal Veterinary College.
Dr. Anna Daniel Reddish grew up on a small farm in Jackson, Georgia. She earned a BS degree in Animal and Dairy Science at the University of Georgia, where she was named to the 2009 All-American Livestock Judging Team. Prior to veterinary school, Dr. Reddish completed a Masters of Animal and Dairy Science with an emphasis in Ruminant Nutrition. She is a 2013 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine. During her time at Auburn, she was actively involved with SCAVMA, serving as chapter president. She is also a former AVMA GRD extern and participant in the Veterinary Leadership Experience. Prior to joining the AVMA, Dr. Reddish practiced mixed animal medicine in central Georgia. She has participated in numerous international veterinary experiences and looks forward to serving as a resource to students. Covering the Eastern Region, Dr. Reddish resides in Decatur, Georgia with her husband Ryan and two dogs, Riley Ann and Heyward. Dr. Reddish is responsible for the eastern region, which includes the programs at Tufts, Cornell, Pennsylvania; Virginia-Maryland; North Carolina State; Georgia; Florida; Auburn; Tuskegee; Tennessee; Lincoln Memorial; and Mississippi State. She will also serve as the liaison for Ross and St. George’s.
Derrick Hall graduated from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He completed an internship at a private practice equine hospital and then joined a mixed animal veterinary hospital in central Wisconsin practicing large animal medicine. After two years in Wisconsin, Dr. Hall and his wife (also a veterinarian) moved back to Illinois. In 2008, he began working for the American Veterinary Medical Association in the Membership & Field Services Division as the Assistant Director for Student Affairs working as the National Advisor for the Student AVMA and the individual Student Chapters and Associate Organizations. In 2015, he became the Lead Assistant Director for Student Initiatives managing the student initiatives team. In his spare time, Dr. Hall enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, traveling to new places, visiting family and friends, and following his favorite sports teams (Go White Sox, Bears, and Illini!!!). Dr. Hall will assume responsibility for the central region, which includes the programs at Minnesota; Wisconsin; Michigan State; Iowa State; Illinois; Purdue; Ohio State; and Missouri. He will also serve as the liaison for St. Mattthew’s.
We’re excited about this venture, and we’re confident that this will greatly improve our ability to communicate with and provide value to pre-veterinary and veterinary students, faculty, interns and residents.