CVM alumnus elected AVMA president
August 23, 2010
COLLEGE STATION, TX - Dr. Larry Kornegay, a 1971 graduate of the
Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine &
Biomedical Sciences (CVM), was elected president of the American
Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) at the association's
147th Annual Convention in Atlanta on July 30, 2010.
AVMA was established in 1863 as a not-for-profit association
structured to work for its members to be a united voice for the
veterinary profession. AVMA represents more than 80,000
veterinarians in all fields of the veterinary profession.
Kornegay has practiced companion animal veterinary medicine in
Houston for 36 years. He has served in many leadership roles. In
1981, he became president of the Harris County Veterinary Medical
Association and then became president of the Texas Veterinary
Medical Association in 1991. He has served on the AVMA Executive
Board representing Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. He has also been
the Executive Board liaison to the Council of Communications, the
Committee on Human-Animal Bond, the Strategic Planning Committee,
the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities,
the American Board of Veterinary Specialties, the Member Services
Committee and the Council on Veterinary Services. In 2005, the CVM
presented Kornegay with the "Outstanding Alumnus" award.
In his acceptance speech at the convention before the AVMA House
of Delegates, Kornegay outlined his platform and goals. His main
goals are to bring unity to the profession and to encourage
diversity with the changing times. He said that as a veterinarian
he has witnessed significant changes in the veterinary profession
since he started his practice almost 40 years ago. Kornegay stated
that female veterinarians now outnumber men, and he has hired
bilingual employees at his clinic to accommodate more diverse
"As veterinarians, we share a common bond, and I will work this
coming year to strengthen this bond by welcoming everyone's input,
by opening my mind to varied perspectives, by offering guidance
when I can, and by helping build unity to mend those fractures,"
explained Kornegay. " I will work tirelessly over the next year to
welcome everyone to the table. While I am so proud of what we have
accomplished, particularly when it comes to the great work our
staff is doing to enhance diversity in the profession, you and I
both know we can do more."
"This is truly an honor, and I pledge to you that as I serve the
AVMA, our members and the veterinary profession over the coming
year, I will do so with dedication and pride," said Kornegay.
Angela G. Clendenin
Director, Communications & Public Relations
Ofc - (979) 862-2675
Cell - (979) 739-5718
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