Kirpensteijn Out, Burrows In As WSAVA President
Jolle Kirpensteijn, DVM, MS, Ph.D., has stepped down as president of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) after taking a job with Hill’s Pet Nutrition, a primary sponsor, the organization reported today.
President-elect Colin Burrows, BVetMed, Ph.D., was elevated to the top post effective Nov. 1. He replaced Dr. Kirpensteijn, whose presidency had been extended past April 2012 when the incoming executive, Peter Ihrke, VMD, Dipl. ACVD, declined to serve because of personal health concerns.
Dr. Colin Burrows retired in 2011 as chairman of the University of Florida department of small animal clinical sciences.
Kirpensteijn, in a notice to the organization’s members, called Hill’s "a company which has supported our goals for years and is our most significant partner.”
"I was offered an opportunity I could not turn down,” he said of his new job as chief professional relations officer. "I informed the executive board, and we agreed that I would stand down as president with immediate effect to avoid the potential for a conflict of interest.”
Hill’s, headquartered in Topeka, Kan., sponsors a number of WSAVA initiatives, including microchip identification, the Global Nutrition Committee, the One Health Committee and the Renal Standardization Project.
WSAVA represents 180,000 veterinarians worldwide through 95 member organizations. Its committees create best-practice guidelines and tools on subjects ranging from vaccinations and animal welfare to pain management and continuing education.
The group’s top officers are elected to two-year terms.
Dr. Burrows will serve as president until the General Assembly convenes in Cape Town, South Africa, in September 2014. He will be eligible for re-election to a full term.
Burrows, a professor emeritus at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine and a former CEO of the North American Veterinary Conference, commended Kirpensteijn’s service.
"The WSAVA will be forever grateful to Jolle for so ably and willingly serving an extra term,” Burrows said. "I hope to continue and enhance his many priorities, including the WSAVA’s work in One Health and our efforts to eliminate rabies.”
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