Dr. Ted Cohn of Denver, Colo., became president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) during the Association’s Annual Convention, which celebrated the AVMA’s 150th anniversary. The Tuskegee University alumnus pledged to help improve the AVMA’s bond with its members to ensure the Association is as successful over the next 150 years.

“This convention, amongst many other things, is a celebration of AVMA leading the veterinary medical profession for the past 150 years,” Dr. Cohn said before the AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) during the second day of its two-day meeting held July 18-19 in Chicago. “I believe for that historical leadership to continue, we must rededicate ourselves to the understanding that not only must our leaders have the vision, knowledge, skills, and courage to solve the serious problems currently confronting our profession, but most crucially that we must continue to enjoy the broad support and trust of our 84,000 members. Let us never forget this is their Association; we are only fortunate enough to be here, to serve as brief caretakers and guides to the future.”

Dr. Cohn was elected AVMA president-elect in an uncontested race. He is expected to assume the role of president of the AVMA at the AVMA Annual Convention next July in Denver, Colo.

Dr. Cohn has devoted more than 35 years of service to the veterinary medical profession. Since graduating from Tuskegee University in 1975 with his DVM degree, he has distinguished himself as both a veterinarian in Colorado and a leader, nationally.

Dr. Cohn received his BS from the University of Arkansas. After vet school, he interned at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital and moved to Denver to pursue a career in companion animal practice. Since 1985, Dr. Cohn has been a partner at University Hills Animal Hospital.

Dr. Cohn has been a leader in veterinary medicine from the time of his vet school days, when he represented Tuskegee in the Student AVMA House of Delegates. He has served as the president of the Colorado Veterinary Medical Association.

Prior to his election to the AVMA Executive Board in 2006, Dr. Cohn served on and chaired the AVMA Informatics Committee and several task forces. He served seven years in the HOD, representing Colorado veterinarians. During his time on the Executive Board, Dr. Cohn served as vice chair of the Task Force on Future Roles and Expectations and chaired both the Task Force on Strategic Planning and the Economic Vision Steering Committee. He held the positions of both vice chair and chair of the Executive Board. Since 2008, Dr. Cohn has served on the Board of the Animal Assistance Foundation, and is currently treasurer.

Dr. Cohn and his wife, Becky, married since 1970, have two grown daughters, Corinne and Jen. Now between dogs, they live with a noisy 30-year-old parrot and a very spoiled cat.

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