Washington, D.C, November 16, 2012 .–The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Kevin Cain as its new director of governmental relations, effective Dec. 10.
Cain grew up in Georgia’s farm country and first became interested in government after a social studies teacher convinced him of politics’ power, pervasiveness, and influence on society. “I was such a political junkie from a young age that I’d stay up to watch elections, and my parents really wondered what was going on,” says Cain.
That interest led him to work on various political campaigns, starting as a campaign coordinator and working his way up as field director, senior legislative assistant for former Rep. (now senator) Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and as legislative director for Congressman Max Burns. Most recently, he served as director of federal relations, Health and Biomedical Sciences, in Vanderbilt University’s Washington, D.C., office where he worked with Congress, the administration, and federal agencies on research funding, graduate and nursing medical education, implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and related issues.
Along the way, he also worked as a manager of federal government affairs for the American Diabetes Association and as assistant vice president for government affairs and programs for the National Health Council.
“The AAVMC is very pleased to bring Kevin Cain on board,” says Executive Director Andrew Maccabe. “He has extensive political experience working on issues that closely align with the goals of academic veterinary medicine, and we’re sure that our members will benefit greatly from the enthusiasm and expertise he brings to this new role.”
As a former Capitol Hill staffer, Cain has worked closely with both lobbyists and legislators, and as a self-confessed “people person,” he looks forward to advocating for the AAVMC. “I relish telling the truth and educating both Congress and the administration about the importance of academic veterinary medicine, including its importance in research, disease prevention, and public health,” Cain says. “The right to petition the government is enshrined in the Constitution for a reason, and I look forward to being a part of that educational process on behalf of the institutions I represent.”
Cain replaces the newly married Brian Smith who recently moved to Australia.
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The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate members. On the Web: http://www.aavmc.org
Jeanne Johnson, Communications
Phone: 202/371-9195, x144