Immediate past President
American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
I have enjoyed broad experiences within the veterinary medical profession both in private practice and as a leader of organized veterinary medicine. I have practiced exclusively small animal medicine and surgery in rural communities for mixed practices and in large urban referral practices. After working as an associate veterinarian for 18 years, I built my own exclusively small animal practice in August 1996. It was fully accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association in November 1997, a distinction held currently by only 15% of the veterinary hospitals in the United States.
In July 2004, I was elected Vice President of the American Veterinary Medical Association and met with staff and students at 31 veterinary medical colleges across the United States, West Indies, and Canada. After serving the two year term, I was elected to the AVMA’s Council on Education (COE, which is recognized by the US Department of Education as the accrediting body for the 28 veterinary medical education programs in the United States. The COE has also granted AVMA COE accreditation to a total of 17 foreign veterinary medical programs in Canada, the West Indies, England, Scotland, Ireland, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, and Mexico. From July 2011- August 2012, I served as President of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the premier professional association with over 84,000 member veterinarians, representing 82% of the all the veterinarians in the United States.
I am married to a fellow veterinarian, one who was raised on a dairy farm, and who was in private dairy practice for 8 years. Currently he is a diagnostic pathologist for the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, working primarily with dairy and poultry. Mark and I are both committed to the value of animal agriculture and the security and safety of a global food supply.
I continue to be energized by my career in veterinary medicine because of its unique relationship to public health and the interfaces among people, animals, and the environment on local, state, national, and international levels, with animals of both domestic and wild origin.