The United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) recently installed its 2014-2015 officers at its 118th Annual Meeting, hosted in Kansas City in October, in conjunction with the Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. The newly elected officers represent the executive committee for the organization, and oversee year-round operations.
Dr. Bruce King of Utah was elected to serve as president. King represents the western district of USAHA, and recently retired as state veterinarian of Utah, a position he has held since 2009 and includes 15 years of service to the state of Utah.
Dr. David Schmitt of Iowa is the new president-elect. Schmitt is the state veterinarian of Iowa, appointed in 2008, and has served the department since 1999. Schmitt represents the north central district.
Dr. Boyd Parr of South Carolina is first vice-president. Parr is employed by Clemson University, serving as State Veterinarian, Director Livestock Poultry Health since 2009. Parr has been with the department since 2004, when he left private dairy practice. Parr is the southern district representative.
Mrs. Barbara Determan of Iowa was elected at second vice-president. Determan represents the allied industry to USAHA, on behalf of the National Pork Producers Council. She operates a marketing firm, in addition to her family's farm in western Iowa.
Dr. Kristin Haas of Vermont is the new third vice president. Haas serves as state veterinarian of Vermont, a position held since 2007. Haas is the newest member of the executive committee, representing the northeast district.
Dr. Annette Jones of California was reelected to serve as Treasurer for USAHA. Jones is the state veterinarian of California, appointed in 2010, and has served as treasurer since 2011.
Additionally, Dr. Stephen Crawford of New Hampshire was recognized for his service as president for 2013-2014. Crawford is the New Hampshire state veterinarian, and remains on the executive committee as the immediate past president.
USAHA's leadership will be implementing a new strategic plan, approved at the 2014 meeting, over the next five years to evaluate, develop, and implement strategies for the organizations work in animal health and regulatory medicine. Additionally, the organization approved 25 unique resolutions, which can be viewed at usaha.org/Reference/USAHAResolutions.aspx
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