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AVMA presidential candidate: Arnie Goldman, DVM, MPH
Learn more about AVMA presidential candidate Dr Arnie Goldman
dvm360®'s Chief Veterinary Officer Adam Christman, DVM, MBA, had the privilege to sit down and discuss with the 3 American Veterinary Medical Associaton (AVMA) presidential candidates for an exclusive interview. Through these interviews, Christman and each candidate dive into their careers in veterinary medicine, their platform if elected, and more. To learn more about Arnie Goldman, DVM, MPH, check out the video above and the partial transcript below.
The following is a partial transcript of the video.
Adam Christman, DVM, MBA: Hey everyone, thank you for joining us. My name is Dr Adam Christman, chief veterinary officer here at dvm360. And I have both the privilege and honor in getting to meet and interview the 3 candidates running for the AVMA president in 2024. One of the candidates joining me today is Dr Arnie Goldman. Welcome Arnie!
Arnie Goldman, DVM, MPH: Thank you, Adam. Appreciate it very much.
Dr Christman: Absolutely. Dr Goldman is a graduate from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. And he also received his master's in Public Health from the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. For over 5 years of AVMA treasurer, Dr Goldman had the privilege to oversee the AVMA finances and collaborate in guiding its strategy and programming to its members. He has served as AVMA delegate and alternate delegate from 2011 to 2018. From a regional perspective, Arnie served as the New England VMA president, and the president of the Connecticut VMA. He has been on many committees and involved in several public acts such as Domestic Aanimals and Disaster and Animal Health Interstate Importation. Dr Goldman has received the Connecticut Distinguished Service Award in 2018. He is married to his wonderful wife, Jill, since 1998. And is the father to his 2 grown children, Allison and Brian. In his spare time, he is passionate about his animals, aviation, outdoor activities, world affairs, carpentry, plumbing and repairs. I love that.
Dr Goldman: I did all that. Maybe too much.
Dr Christman: So tell us more about yourself.
Dr Goldman: Well, I grew up in Staten Island, New York. Always loved animals. I come from a working class family. Really, I'm a first generation professional. And becoming a veterinarian really wasn't on my radar. Unlike so many of us who've known since they were children. I didn't have animals until I was a teenager really. And I didn't know that becoming a veterinarian was even a possibility for me. When I got to college, I was interested in science. I majored in biology, and I needed a extra course to fill out a semester and there was a local veterinarian who taught a course called pet care and first aid. His name was Alan Schwartz in New Paltz, New York. It's gone now, but he, he taught this class and I part of the class was going to his practice. I did that and I was hooked. I met his associate and ultimately we became friends. We're still friends.