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VVCA announces new board co-chairs


Dr Aaron Smiley and Deb Leon will support the veterinary community and improve access to care in their new roles

The Veterinary Virtual Care Association (VVCA) has announced changes in its leadership team as it approaches its third anniversary as an organization.

Since the VVCA's was founded, Eleanor M. Green, DVM, DACVIM, DABVP, and Audrey Wystrach, DVM, have both dutifully served as co-chairs on the board of directors of the VVCA. In a release,1 the organization thanked them for their hard work and dedication and their continuous innovation in the veterinary space. While Wystrach will remain on the board, Green will transition to a board emeritus role while she actively serves as president of the Veterinary Innovation Council (VIC).

Founding board members, Aaron Smiley, DVM, and Deb Leon will serve as the VVCA’s newest board co-chairs. Smiley is a practicing telemedicine veterinarian in Indiana. He is typically using his social channels to share his success stories and cases and offering access to care to patients. Deb Leon is the founder and CEO of whiskerDocs, a veterinary telehealth platform serving over 6 million pets and their pet parents in the US and Canada with 24/7 access to veterinary expertise through phone, email, live chat, and mobile messaging.

"I'm honored to serve the veterinary community through the VVCA to create more opportunities for veterinarians and improve access to care," said Smiley in the release.1

Leon added, "it's my privilege to lead the VVCA Board with Aaron; together, we will work diligently to continue to provide the animal health communities with much-needed information and analytics to enable the development and expansion of virtual care delivery models. Additionally, we will focus on collaborations with other like-minded organizations, both in North America and internationally."


VVCA announces board leadership changes.News release. Veterinary Virtual Care Association. February 16, 2023. Accessed February 16, 2023.

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