New president prioritizes veterinary leadership development, federal workforce shortages, One Health
AVMA’s new president, Dr. Michael J. Topper, stressed the importance of promoting veterinary leadership development, addressing shortages in the federal veterinary workforce, and leading the One Health movement as he addressed the AVMA House of Delegates over the weekend.
Dr. Topper was one of several new officers and other volunteer leaders installed during AVMA Convention 2017. Dr. John de Jong was installed as president-elect, meaning he will take over as AVMA president when Dr. Topper’s term ends. Please join us in welcoming these new leaders:
- AVMA President – Dr. Michael J. Topper
- AVMA President-elect— Dr. John de Jong
- AVMA Treasurer – Dr. Arnold Goldman
- AVMA Board chair— Dr. Michael Whitehair
- AVMA Board Vice-chair – Dr. Gary Brown
- AVMA Board of Directors members — Dr. Michael Q. Bailey (District 2), Dr. Jan Strother (District 3) and Dr. Ronald E. Gill (District 6)
These veterinarians come from a wide range of backgrounds and bring a diversity of experience that will help them guide the Association forward.
The president, president-elect, and board chair and vice-chair all serve one-year terms. The treasurer’s term extends for six years, as do the terms for the individual board members representing each district. Drs. Bailey and Gill were elected to serve on the Board of Directors during regularly-scheduled elections this spring. Dr. Strother ran unopposed for the District 3 seat in a special election that was announced in June.
AVMA’s officers, directors and other volunteer leaders represent and reflect your interests and concerns as AVMA members, and they are essential in guiding the Association’s work to protect, promote and advance veterinarians and veterinary medicine. The achievements of the AVMA would not be possible without them, or you.
“Our volunteer leaders are absolutely critical to our success,” said AVMA CEO Dr. Janet Donlin. “We are incredibly thankful to our outgoing leaders for their diligent efforts and look forward to the wonderful work of our new leadership.”
We encourage all members to consider serving as volunteers with the AVMA’s numerous councils, committees, task forces and other panels. We also urge you to get to know the leaders who represent your state and specialty organizations in the Board of Directors and House of Delegates, and contact them to let them know your priorities for the Association.
Contested election for position of 2018 president-elect
Two veterinarians have announced their candidacy for the 2018 position of AVMA president-elect. Dr. Angela Demaree and Dr. John Howe will campaign for the role over the next year, and the election will take place in July 2018 at the 2018 AVMA Convention in Denver. Dr. Demaree, an Indiana veterinarian and major in the U.S. Army Reserves, currently serves on the AVMA State Advocacy Committee. Dr. Howe, of Minnesota, is a mixed-animal practitioner who represents District 7 on the AVMA Board of Directors.