AVMA Elects New Officers And Council Members

The AMVA’s House of Delegates elected a new president-elect and vice president, as well as other important positions.

Delegates sitting and voting at AVMA.

The American Veterinary Medical Association’s House of Delegates elected Larry Kornegay as its new president-elect and reelected Gary Brown as its vice president. Both ran unopposed during the election, held in Seattle, Wash., during the House’s annual meeting.

On July 14, the AVMA will install current president-elect Larry Corry as its new president and James Cook will become immediate past president.

The house also elected several new council members, listed by council.

Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents:

  • Stephen Sutherland (representing epidemiology)
  • Stanley Kukanich (representing clinical pharmacology)
  • Murl Bailey (representing at-large)

Council on Education:

  • Frederik Derksen (representing basic science)
  • D. Glen Esplin (representing non-private practice, non-academic medicine)

Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine:

  • David Chico (representing agricultural agencies)
  • Nick Striegel (representing agricultural agencies)

Council on Research:

  • Michael Kotlikoff (representing colleges of veterinary medicine)

Council on Veterinary Service:

  • Rolan Tripp (representing private practice, exclusively small animal)
  • Amanda Chea Hall (representing at-large)

Judicial Council:

  • Andrew Maccabe (representing at-large)

The house also elected Richard Dixon, Sandra Norman and Richard Hartigan to its Council on Communications. However, those results were later nullified when the house amended the AVMA’s by-laws to eliminate the Council on Communications altogether.

Delegates also amended the by-laws to reduce council terms, with the exception of the Council on Education, from six years to three years. That change was made in an effort to attract more qualified and more diverse nominees for open positions. The concern was that a six-year commitment would deter many younger veterinarians from accepting nominations. 

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