AVMA names next president-elect

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Thomas Meyer, MS, DVM, will assume role of president in 2016.

Thomas F. Meyer, MS, DVM, has been named president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), according to a release from the association. Meyer was elected by the AVMA House of Delegates at its summer session July 10. 

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As president-elect, Meyer will assist the president Joseph H. Kinnarney, DVM, MS, in supervising the business affairs of the AVMA and will also serve on the AVM Board of Governors. He will become president in 2016. 

Meyer and his wife co-own an AAHA-accredited, mixed animal practice in Vancouver, Washington. He also served on the AVMA Board of Directors from 2008-2014 and is a past chair of the AVMA House Advisory Committee. He has served in the AVMA house as a delegate or alternate delegate for 20 years and is a past president of the Washington State Veterinary Medical Association, according to the release. Meyer was also a chair of the Washington-Oregon-Idaho steering committee and an equine representative on the AVMA Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee. 

His interest in leadership led to involvement with the AVMA Veterinary Leadership Experience, a leadership program for students and faculty in North America. He has been an active member of the Washington Veterinary Medical Association, the American Animal Hospital Association, the American Association of Equine Practitioners and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners. 

Meyer received his DVM degree at Washington State University (WSU) College of Veterinary Medicine, where he had previously completed a master's degree in zoology. He is also a past recipient of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Veterinary Alumni Award for Excellence in Practice. 

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