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Dr. Christina Sigurdson

Dr. Christina Sigurdson is a professor of pathology at the University of California, San Diego, where she is a co-director of the Center for Veterinary Sciences and Comparative Medicine. She is also a professor of pathology, microbiology, and immunology at the University of California, Davis. Before arriving at UC San Diego, she earned a BS […]

Dr. Jonathan Huxley

Dr. Jon Huxley is the head of the School of Veterinary Science at Massey University, where he has served since 2018. He was raised on the family dairy farm in North Wales and graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1995. After a farm animal internship and three years in commercial practice, he completed […]

Dr. Jeffrey Wichtel

Dr. Wichtel is the dean of the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC), at the University of Guelph, where he has served since 2015. He has taught at Iowa State University, North Carolina State University, Massey University, and University of Prince Edward Island. Before becoming OVC’s dean, he served at different times as department chair, director of […]

Dr. Susan Tornquist

Dr. Susan J. Tornquist is the Lois Bates Acheson Dean of the Carlson College of Veterinary Medicine at Oregon State University. She was in a private small animal practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico for six years before completing a residency program in veterinary clinical pathology at Washington State University and becoming board-certified in veterinary clinical […]

Renee Stake

Renee Stake joined the AAVMC staff in November 2020 as the Executive Assistant and Program Manager.  In this role, she works closely with the senior leadership team on various initiatives and serves as the administrative staff liaison to the Board of Directors. Previously, Renee worked at U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) in their Meeting and Travel Services […]

Ms. Kylie Watson

Ms. Kylie Watson is a first-year veterinary student at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM).  She is the Student American Veterinary Medical Association (SAVMA) Junior Delegate for LMU CVM and the AAVMC Student Liaison for the Educational and Professional Development Committee within SAVMA. At LMU CVM, she serves in leadership roles throughout campus, […]

Ms. Leslie Wilson

Leslie Wilson is Program Manager for the AAVMC. She is a seasoned meeting planner with over 10 years of experience planning and coordinating event logistics, developing and managing budgets and building and maintaining relationships with vendors and facilities. Before joining the AAVMC, she served as a contracted Strategic Event Planner with the Office for Victims […]

Ms. Kendall Young

Kendall Young joined the AAVMC in March 2017 as the Data Analyst and Project Manager before becoming Associate Director for Institutional Research and Diversity. She is primarily responsible for research project management for the AAVMC’s institutional research and diversity portfolio and works on implementing programming related to admissions, recruiting and diversity. Previously, she worked as […]

Mr. Mark Stodter

Mark Stodter joined the AAVMC in 2009 as a contractor and began working as a full-time Accounting Manager in 2010. In that role, he maintains all accounting records, payroll and financial reporting for the association. Previously, he worked in the private sector as an accounting professional in the telecommunications, manufacturing and retail industries. Mark is a […]

Ms. Makenzie Peterson

Makenzie Peterson serves as the AAVMC’s first Director for Wellbeing. She brings a systems-oriented, community-wide perspective to the task of developing and implementing programs that promote wellbeing at AAVMC member institutions. As a public health professional, Peterson’s expertise is in the development of community-wide programming that complements individual clinical counseling efforts to improve overall wellbeing. […]