The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recently announced Tristan Colonius, DVM, Donald Hoenig, DVM, and Kaylee Myhre, DVM, as its 2012-2013 AVMA fellows. The program involves veterinarians in the process of creating federal public policy, as AVMA fellows work with members of Congress and provide expertise on science-based veterinary- and public health-related issues.
“The fellowship is an unparalleled opportunity for veterinarians in all stages of their career to come to Washington, D.C., and help shape public policy that impacts veterinary medicine,” says Mark Lutschaunig, DVM, AVMA Governmental Relations Division director. “The fellows share their scientific knowledge with staffs in congressional offices and all branches of the federal government, and ultimately increase the visibility of veterinarians and veterinary medicine in the public policy arena.”
The AVMA’s immediate past president, Larry Kornegay, DVM, chaired the 2012-2013 fellowship selection committee, which included Kristi Henderson, DVM, assistant director of the AVMA Scientific Activities Division, and former AVMA fellow Raymond Stock, DVM, professional service veterinarian with Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica. Colonius, Hoenig and Myhre will begin their fellowships in August 2012.