Dr. Douglas G. Aspros Elected AVMA President-Elect
St. Louis, MO. — Dr. Douglas G. Aspros was elected president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) by the AVMA House of Delegates at its annual meeting on July 15, 2011.
Dr. Aspros will succeed Dr. René A. Carlson, whose term as president began July 19. Dr. Aspros term as president will begin August 6, 2012, during the AVMA's annual convention in San. Diego, Calif., and then conclude in 2013, during the 150th anniversary of the AVMA.
"I am proud and humbled to be your president-elect," Dr. Aspros told AVMA leadership and members during the AVMA's Annual Convention in St. Louis. "From our beginnings 250 years ago in Lyon, France ... to the sophisticated medical professionals that we are today, veterinarians should be proud of how far we've come."
While lauding the profession, Dr. Aspros added that the AVMA and the veterinary profession face many challenges, including escalating educational debt for new veterinary school graduates, the impact of the economy and workforce issues.
Dr. Aspros, a companion-animal practitioner from Pound Ridge, N.Y., is a 1975 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. Aspros was elected to the AVMA Executive Board to serve District 1 in 2006 and spent two years as the AVMA Executive Board vice chair. His term on the Executive Board expired last year. Prior to his term on the Executive Board, Dr. Aspros served six years on the AVMA Council on Education, which included serving as the council's chair.
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