The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates (HOD) elected new volunteer leaders to AVMA councils and to the House Advisory Committee (HAC) during its annual business meeting.
The HOD elections fill Council seats that work to develop association guidance and policy in a variety of areas, including regulations and legislation, science and research, and veterinary education. The results of the elections held on July 19, 2013, during the second day of the two-day HOD meeting, include:
House Advisory Committee
Three new members were elected to the House Advisory Committee (HAC) from a panel of five candidates:
Dr. Mark Cox, a 1972 graduate of the Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine, started his own mixed and companion animal practice in El Paso, Texas in 1974. He’s served as the president of the El Paso Veterinary Medical Association, president of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and on the AVMA-HOD as both an alternative delegate and delegate.
Dr. Timothy Montgomery, a 1983 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, has worked with large and small animals and exotic animals in Georgia since 1983. Dr. Montgomery has been a delegate and alternative delegate to the HOD, president of the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association and a city councilman in Dacula, Ga. In 2012, he was named Georgia Veterinarian of the Year.
Dr. David Ylander, a 1983 graduate of the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine, started his own small animal and equine practice in Geneva, Neb. in the mid-1980s, and, in 1999, joined an animal clinic in Alliance, Neb., where he continues to work. He has served in the HOD as an alternative delegate and delegate, as president of the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association and on the Nebraska Board of Veterinary Medicine. In addition, he was elected to the Board of Directors of the American Association of Veterinary State Boards, where he has also served as president.
Council on Education
The Council on Education (COE) has two new members:
Dr. William Epperson was elected to a position on the COE representing large animal clinical science. Dr. Epperson, a 1985 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, has been a research veterinarian involved with academia. He’s currently head of the department for pathobiology and population medicine at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Caroline Zeiss, a 1990 graduate of the University of Pretoria in South Africa, was elected to a position on the COE representing veterinary medical research. Dr. Zeiss, who became a diplomate with the American College of Veterinary Pathologists in 1995 and a Ph.D. in 1999, is a professor of comparative medicine at Yale University.