WVC welcomes new members of the board of directors as elected at the 88th Annual Conference in March 2016. The new officers include a new president, vice president and two new additions to the board.

Joe M. Howell, DVM, has assumed the role of WVC president. A companion animal practitioner, Dr. Howell is an owner of Montecito Animal Hospital in Las Vegas. His many contributions to the veterinary profession include serving as chairman of the AVMA Executive Board from 2003-2004; AVMA president from 2002 to 2003; appointment to the Oklahoma Board of Examiners and Licensure for four years, serving as President for three years; president, vice president and secretary of the Oklahoma County Veterinary Medical Association; and a member of the executive board of the Oklahoma Veterinary Medical Association, where he received the president’s award in 1990. Dr. Howell is one of only two ethicists for the American Humane Association.

“WVC continues to grow and expand its programs, with the launch of Destination CE and the addition of new leadership programs, such as the Women’s Veterinary Summit,” Dr. Howell said. “It’s an honor to serve as president during such an exciting time for the organization.”

Stepping into the role of vice president is Darwin R. Yoder MS, DVM. An Idaho native, Dr. Yoder has remained active in veterinary medicine since retiring in 2011. He currently serves as a consultant for large range sheep operations throughout the inter-mountain west, helping to ensure healthy and wholesome products are delivered to consumers. From 2001 to 2011, Dr. Yoder directed the veterinary technology program at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. While there, he participated in Texas’ oral rabies vaccine campaign, aimed to reduce the incidence of rabies in wildlife.

“The industry continues to evolve, and it’s our job to stay in tune with the needs of veterinary professionals,” Dr. Yoder said. “The WVC team is at the forefront of veterinary continuing education, and I look forward to contributing in this role.”

Both Dr. Howell and Dr. Yoder will remain in their respective positions through the WVC 89th Annual Conference.

Two new directors joined the board—Gary D. Weddle, DVM, and William Wright, DVM.

A Missouri native, Dr. Weddle now lives in Henderson, Nevada. Though semiretired from private veterinary practice, he continues to remain active by consulting on shelter issues and exotic medicine, while also teaching remote capture techniques to animal control agencies. He currently serves as a board member for Wild Wing (Wildlife Rehabilitation) Project.

Dr. Wright is the former owner of Wright Veterinary Services—now a large animal mobile practice—in Elko, Nevada, since 1993. In addition to his many accomplishments, such as consulting on cattle handling-facility design, Dr. Wright has also authored articles for many ranching-related publications.

“As we anticipate another year of expansion and growth, the experience these accomplished individuals bring to the table is invaluable,” said David Little, WVC CEO. “The industry is constantly changing, and it’s with their insight that WVC remains a leader in veterinary continuing education.”

The 2016-2017 WVC board of directors includes:

Dr. Joe M. Howell, President

Dr. Jon R. Pennell, Immediate Past-President

Dr. W. Mark Hilton, President Elect

Dr. Darwin R. Yoder, Vice President

Dr. John Burkhartsmeyer, Director

Dr. James E. Nave, Parliamentarian

Dr. James Peddie, Secretary/Treasurer

Dr. Brian Poteet, Director

Dr. Joan Samuels, Director

Dr. E. David Stearns, Director

Dr. Gary D. Weddle, Director

Dr. Debbie White, Director

Dr. William Wright, Director

The 89th WVC Annual Conference will be held March 5-9, 2017. To learn more about the variety of continuing education programs available from WVC, visit wvc.org.