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Western Veterinary Conference welcomes new board president, members

Drs. Darwin Yoder, Suzanne Russo, and Travis McDermott join the organization

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Suzanne Russo, DVM, MS, and Travis McDermott, DVM

Western Veterinary Conference (WVC) has announced three additions to the organization: 2018 incoming board president Darwin R. Yoder, MS, DVM, and new board members Travis McDermott, DVM, and Suzanne Russo, DVM, MS.

Dr. Yoder, a Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences graduate, has held various positions, including working in private practice, as a veterinarian at Pfizer Animal Health, as a full-tenured professor, and as a director in the veterinary technology program at Sul Ross State University. Now retired, Yoder acts as a veterinary medicine consultant to the range sheep industry in the western U.S.

Dr. McDermott, a Texas A&M grad whose interests include dermatology, dentistry, internal medicine, surgery, and endoscopic and laparoscopic procedures. He served on the Nevada Veterinary Medical Association board of directors and the AVMA Political Action Committee prior to his election to the WVC board.

Dr. Russo, who holds a DVM from The Ohio State University and a master of science in human resources management from Golden Gate University, has served in small animal private clinical practices for 13 years in Northern California and Connecticut and held multiple roles at Pfizer Animal Health (now Zoetis), thereafter. From 2016-2017, she was the vice president of veterinary recruiting for VCA Animal Hospitals.

“We are excited to welcome Drs. Russo and McDermott to the WVC board. Both individuals bring fresh and unique perspectives to the WVC Board and will have an immediate impact as we continue to grow our organization,” said David Little, WVC CEO. “I am also looking forward to working more closely with Dr. Darwin Yoder in his new role as WVC president during the upcoming year. His vast experiences in organized veterinary medicine, commercial industry, academia, and in clinical practice will provide WVC with expertise and ideas few others can bring to the table. The level of talent of these individuals, and the others on the Board, make it a great time to be a part of WVC.”

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