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Dr. Michael Q. Bailey, a board-certified veterinary radiologist, launched his campaign for 2024-25 AVMA president-elect on July 14. And two members of the AVMA House of Delegates—Drs. Elizabeth Boggier and Gary Marshall—are vying to be the 2024-26 AVMA vice president.

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The AVMA House of Delegates (HOD) has asked the Board of Directors (BOD) to consider having the AVMA develop resources for its members that promote environmental sustainability in the veterinary workplace.

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The AVMA House of Delegates suggested effective client communication and documentation of discussions with clients were important aspects to the spectrum of care, as was ensuring that veterinary students are educated and equipped so this kind of practice can continue to the benefit of patients.

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The AVMA House of Delegates adopted a handful of revised animal welfare policies, including one on “Canine Devocalization” that supersedes the previous policy, approved a new policy on “Canine Hybrids,” and referred two other policies back to the AVMA Board of Directors (BOD). The HOD held its regular annual session July 13-14 in Denver, in conjunction with AVMA Convention 2023.

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The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) recently published the 2023 AAHA Selected Endocrinopathies of Dogs and Cats Guidelines to help practitioners identify and treat common endocrine diseases while effectively communicating with clients and the care team.

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During AVMA Convention 2023, held July 14-18 in Denver, 13 individuals received AVMA Excellence Awards for their contributions related to veterinary medicine.

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Dr. Joseph Kinnarney is this year’s recipient of The AVMA Award, which he accepted during the keynote at AVMA Convention 2023 in Denver. Among his accomplishments, his service to both the American Veterinary Medical Foundation and the AVMA Trusts helped both entities evolve into the vital, relevant entities they are today.

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Hill’s Pet Nutrition and the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) are celebrating their 75th anniversary and the enduring legacy of their shared founder, Dr. Mark L. Morris Sr.

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This year’s AVMA Meritorious Service Award recipient is Dr. Phillip D. Nelson. He stepped down in September 2022 as dean of Western University of Health Sciences (WesternU) College of Veterinary Medicine after 15 years. This award recognizes a veterinarian who has brought honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through personal, professional, or community service activities that are conducted outside the scope of organized veterinary medicine or research.

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Dr. Willie Reed is the inaugural recipient of the Frederick Douglass Patterson Lifetime Achievement Award. The award aims to recognize individuals who make significant contributions to the veterinary profession through innovative and transformative leadership in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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