American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges Announces its New Board of Directors for 2022-23

Susan Leigh
Phone: 202/371-9195, x171

WASHINGTON, D.C, March 15, 2022 – The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors for 2022-2023. AAVMC is also proud to celebrate four of its female leaders who start their board terms during Women’s History Month.

Dr. Susan Tornquist, the Lois Bates Acheson dean of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University, is President and Board Chair. She is the fourth female president since the AAVMC’s founding in 1966. Dr. Tornquist earned her DVM from Colorado State University and her PhD from Washington State University. Dr. Tornquist has also served as president of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology (ASVCP) and the American College of Veterinary Pathology (ACVP).

Dr. Ruby L. Perry, dean, and professor of veterinary radiology at the Tuskegee University College of Veterinary Medicine is President-Elect. Dr. Perry, a woman of many firsts, will become the first African American female president of the AAVMC in 2023.

Dr. Perry previously served as secretary of the AAVMC Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the AVMA-AAVMC Diversity Commission. 

Dr. Mark Markel will remain on the board as Past-President for an additional one-year term.

AAVMC welcomes three new members to the board who will serve as At-Large Directors. Dr. Francisco Suárez Güemes is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Dr. Dana Zimmel is dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Stuart Reid is Principal of the Royal Veterinary College, University of London.

Departing Board Members include Dr. Sean Callanan of Ross University, At-Large Director, Region I (U.S., Mexico, & Caribbean); Dr. Christina Sigurdson, University of California, San Diego, At-Large Director representing Departments of Comparative Medicine and Dr. David W. Horohov, University of Kentucky, At-Large Director representing Departments of Veterinary Science. The AAVMC appreciates the service of all board members and volunteers.

About The AAVMC

The member institutions of the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) promote and protect the health and wellbeing of people, animals and the environment by advancing the profession of veterinary medicine and preparing new generations of veterinarians to meet the evolving needs of a changing world. Founded in 1966, the AAVMC represents more than 40,000 faculty, staff and students across the global academic veterinary medical community. Our member institutions include Council on Education (COE) accredited veterinary medical colleges and schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand as well as departments of veterinary science and departments of comparative medicine in the U.S.