AVMA announces new council posts

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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.

 Council on Research

The Council on Research (COR) has three new members:

Dr. Anastasha Henderson, a 2001 graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, was reelected to the COR representing private clinical practice. She currently practices small and exotic animal medicine and shelter medicine in California. She has been involved in organized veterinary medicine at both the local and state levels.

Dr. John Baker, a 1980 graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to the COR representing veterinary medical research. Dr. Baker has been a professor of veterinary medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University for 29 years. He is currently associate director of AgBioResearch.

Dr. Thomas Rosol, a professor of veterinary pathology at the Ohio State University and a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, was reelected to the COR representing veterinary medical research. Rosol serves as a consultant for industry in preclinical safety in the areas of endocrine, bone, and reproductive pathology and animal models of cancer. Rosol is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was recognized by Ohio State University as a distinguished scholar.

 Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine

The Council on Public Health and Regulatory Veterinary Medicine (CPHRVM) has three new members:

Dr. Stephan Schaefbauer, a graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, was reelected to the CPHRVM representing agricultural agencies. She is an epidemiologist in the Veterinary Services North Carolina Area Office, and earned a master’s in public health from the University of Minnesota in 2008. She’s worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Center for Food Protection and Defense, the National Pork Board and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Dr. Brant Schumaker, a graduate of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was reelected to the CPHRVM representing public health agencies or the armed forces. Dr. Schumaker is a veterinary epidemiologist at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory, with extensive experience with zoonotic and regulatory diseases. He also serves on the Brucellosis Committee of the United States Animal Health Association. He has served a previous term on the CPHRVM as an at-large member.

Dr. Elizabeth Wagstrom, a graduate of Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to the CPHRVM as an at-large member. She is the chief veterinarian for the National Pork Producers Council, has a M.S. in veterinary preventive medicine, and is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

 Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents

The Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents (COBTA) has three new members:

Dr. Michael Hodgman, a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, was reelected to COBTA as an at-large member. Dr. Hodgman works for Elanco Animal Health providing technical support to veterinarians, nutritionists and dairy farmers throughout the Midwest. He also has experience as a large animal practitioner working with livestock producers.

Dr. Laurel Gershwin, a graduate of the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to COBTA representing immunology. Dr. Gershwin has earned both a DVM and Ph.D. in microbiology/immunology from UC-Davis and in 1980 was board certified by the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists. She is on the faculty of UC-Davis teaching immunology to veterinary and graduate students and serves as faculty director of the clinical immunology/virology laboratory for the school teaching hospital.

Dr. K. Fred Gingrich II, a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to COBTA representing private practice—predominantly food animal. Dr. Gingrich is the owner of a mixed animal practice and the chair of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners Committee on Pharmaceuticals. He was the recipient of the AABP Preventive Medicine Award for Dairy in 2010.

 Council on Veterinary Services

The Council on Veterinary Services (COVS) has three new members:

Dr. Karen Rosenthal, a graduate of the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was re-elected to the COVS representing academic clinical sciences. Dr. Rosenthal is the dean of the School of Veterinary Medicine at St. Matthew’s University where she oversees all aspects of academic veterinary medicine and teaches a course in exotic animal medicine. She is a recent past president of the Association of Avian Veterinarians and has been named Exotic DVM of the Year by Exotic DVM Veterinary Magazine. She served a previous term on COVS as an at-large member.

Dr. Christopher Gargamelli, a graduate of Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to the COVS as an at-large member. Dr. Gargamelli practices small animal emergency medicine and is the immediate past-president of the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Association. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Veterinary Medical Foundation.

Dr. Jennifer Quammen, a graduate of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, was elected to be the recent graduate member of the COVS. Dr. Quammen is a private practitioner in a predominately small animal practice and is a board member on the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association.

 Judicial Council

The Judicial Council has two new members:

Dr. Steve Barghusen, a graduate of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and the William Mitchell College of Law, was elected to the Judicial Council as an at-large member. He has been a full time practitioner for nearly 18 years and is a board certified diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Dr. Marthina Greer, a graduate of the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Marquette University Law School, was elected to the Judicial Council as an at-large member. In 2002, Dr. Greer opened a Canine Semen Freezing Center. She has contributed to pharmaceutical and nutritional research as an investigator for Abbott Laboratory, Deprenyl Animal Health and Hill’s Pet Food Corporation. She’s held offices on the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association and has served on the Veterinary Examining Board of the Department of Regulation and Licensing.

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