During the recent Academy of Veterinary Consultants (AVC) conference in Dallas, Tom Portillo, DVM, took the reigns as the academy’s new president. Portillo succeeds Past President Jessica Laurin, DVM, from the Animal Health Center of Marion County, Marion, Kan.

Portillo, who currently practices in Amarillo, Texas, graduated from Colorado State University in 1997. He then spent three years practicing in New Mexico and Arizona, where he focused on equine medicine and large animal production medicine. Portillo joined Veterinary Research & Consulting Services in Greeley, Colo. in 2000, focusing entirely on feedlot consultation. In 2008 he moved to Amarillo to work in the pharmaceutical industry focusing on Investigational New Animal Drug approvals and post-approval pharmaceutical research and technical support. Portillo returned to private practice in 2011, and currently focuses on feedlot, stocker/backgrounder, cow-calf production medicine and in-clinic equine medicine and surgery.

During the winter, 2015 AVC conference, AVC honored Portillo with the prestigious Consultant of the Year award.  

Portillo is a member of the AVMA, AABP and AVC, and currently serves as president-elect for AVC. He resides in Amarillo with his wife and four children.

Formed in 1972, AVC is an association of veterinarians involved in beef cattle medicine, herd health programs and consultation. The international organization now has over 800 members in the United States, Canada, Australia, Scotland, South Africa and Israel. Each year during its winter meeting, AVC recognizes one of its members with the prestigious Consultant of the Year award.