Memorial - Dr René Carlson - WVA Immediate Past President

It is with great sorrow that the World Veterinary Association learned about the passing away of its Immediate Past President, and Honorary Member,Dr René Carlson

Dr Carlson was a very engaged veterinarian, committed to her patients, their owners, and the veterinary profession. From 2014 to 2017 she was President of the World Veterinary Association. During these years she represented the veterinary profession at the global level. Under her inspiring leadership the World Veterinary Association made great steps forward in strengthening the position of the veterinary profession globally.  She gave her special attention to the quality of veterinary education and the wellbeing of veterinarians. Despite her illness she continued to contribute to the development of our Association and the achievement of its mission.

The World Veterinary Association is very grateful to her. We will remember her for her passionate and enthusiastic leadership and for her warm friendship. We will miss her deeply.

Our thoughts and sympathy are with her husband Mark, and all who were close to her and loved her.

The family suggests sending memorial contributions in Dr. Carlson’s name to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, the Chetek Lutheran Church or the University of Minnesota, where plans are underway to establish a scholarship in her name.

On behalf of the World Veterinary Association

Dr Johnson Chiang, President

Jan Vaarten, DVM, Executive Secretary


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