René Carlson and Jan Strother were elected as future leaders of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at the association’s 147th annual convention.

René Carlson and Jan Strother were elected as future leaders of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at the association’s 147th annual convention.
 
AVMA president-elect René CarlsonDr Carlson, a small animal vet from Chetek, Wisconsin, was unanimously voted AVMA president-elect, while Dr Strother, a small animal vet from Hartselle, Alabama, was elected vice president of the association.
 
In a profession that is now over 50% female, Dr Carlson will become the AVMA’s third woman president, for the term of 2011-2012.
 
Dr Carlson said that one of her goals as president-elect and president will be to help increase diversity in the association, and she hopes to serve as an inspiration for others who might get involved.
 
She said: “Veterinarians have been the quiet, compassionate, silent heroes for decades. Now is the time we must become more visible and vocal. We must awaken the giant within us or veterinary medicine will be left behind in areas in which we need to be engaged, such as food safety and security, surveillance and containment of zoonotic disease, service in rural communities, all while maintaining our special niche of healing and health care for the variety of animals with which we share our lives on this earth.”
 
AVMA vice president Jan StrotherDr Strother’s two-year term as vice president will see her serve as liaison with the student chapters of the association.
 
She said: “I have a real love and affinity for the students coming into this great profession, and that’s why I feel that the role of vice president is the best job that the AVMA offers. I’m looking forward to working with and hopefully inspiring the members of our student chapters to get involved and stay involved with the AVMA so that they can become the leaders that this profession will need in the future.”
 
For more information, visit www.avma.org.

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