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National Veterinary Associates recognizes appointment of Dr Rena Carlson to AVMA president


Will serve in this role for the 2023 to 2024 term

National Veterinary Associates (NVA) recently honored Rena Carlson, DVM, a mentor with NVA’s General Practice Mentorship Program, for officially assuming the role of president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) for the 2023 to 2024 term.1

Photo courtesy of NVA.

Photo courtesy of NVA.

“We are immensely proud of Dr Carlson, who continues to serve as an important advocate for the entire veterinary profession,” expressed Sohail Malad, president of NVA General Practice, in an organizational release.1 “Dr Carlson is dedicated to elevating the standard of care for pets and their families at NVA and enhancing the role of veterinarians across the industry. Her passion and contributions are truly inspiring.”

Named an AVMA President-Elect in July 2022, Carlson is a 1989 veterinary graduate of Washington State University and succeeds Lori Teller, DVM, DABVP (canine/feline), CVJ, as AVMA president.2 For more than 10 years, she has held different AVMA leadership roles, including as a house delegate and on the board of directors.1 In her position at NVA, Carlson supports the professional development of veterinarians so they can achieve their potential and offer the best care to pets.

“As a former practice owner, I understand the challenges veterinarians face in balancing time, energy, and resources on a daily basis,” stated Carlson.1 “I’m committed to supporting all animal care professionals, advancing veterinary medicine, and advocating for other pressing issues within our industry. I look forward to working with the AVMA to empower more veterinarians and help them thrive.”


  1. National Veterinary Associates proudly celebrates the appointment of DrRena Carlson to president of the AVMA. News release. National Veterinary Associates. July 17, 2023. Accessed July 24, 2023. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20230716806493/en
  2. Nolen RS. Incoming AVMA president Carlson touches on power of belonging. American Veterinary Medical Association. July 20, 2023. Accessed July 24, 2023. https://www.avma.org/news/incoming-avma-president-carlson-touches-power-belonging
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