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WAVMA Leadership: Executive Board and Committees


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Volunteer Opportunities

As a member-driven organization, WAVMA relies on volunteers to help set the direction and implement programs useful for all members. Any WAVMA member can volunteer for a leadership role on the Executive Board or any Committee to help shape the direction of the Association, meet new colleagues, forge valuable and lasting relationships, and help address key issues affecting aquatic veterinary medicine.

Executive Board members are elected annually, but any member can request serving on a committee at any time by contacting the WAVMA President, or any of the Board members listed below. 


Executive Board

Executive Board Responsibilities: The Executive Board has the responsibility for charting the general course and direction of WAVMA.  They have fiduciary oversight of all issues, and, with input of committees, task forces, councils and other WAVMA bodies, and provide the oversight and approval for all WAVMA programs and services that fulfill the Mission and Objectives of the organization. The Board generally meets once a month through teleconferences, and when possible, in-person meetings to discuss and approve WAVMA programs, services, and policies that drive the organization and issues that affect aquatic veterinary medicine.

Members may submit items for discussion at the next Executive Board meeting by contacting the WAVMA Secretary.

Executive Board Elections: Each year, approximately 60 days before the Annual General Meeting (AGM; usually in August or September), nominations open for President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Directors-at-Large. Nominees' biographical information is distributed to all members, and a 30-day on-line ballot allows Full Members to cast their vote. Election results are announced at the AGM. Individuals elected participate in Executive Board discussion and meetings for the remainder of that calendar year, and begin their 12-month term of office as voting members on January 1 of the following year.  


Current Executive Board

President: Dr. Laura Urdes (Romania) 
Past-President: Dr. Nick Saint-Erne (USA)
President-Elect: Dr. David Scarfe (USA)
Secretary: Dr. Devon Dubin (Guyana/Japan)
Treasurer: Dr. Sharon Tiberio (USA)
Directors-at-Large: Dr. Stephen Reichley (USA), Dr. Trista Becker (USA), Dr. Howard Wong (Hong Kong)



Communications Committee 
The Committee oversees publication of WAVMA's quarterly The Aquatic Veterinarian, listservs, membership lists, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media to help communications with members and others involved with aquatic veterinary medicine. (see full description)

Meetings Committee
The Committee oversees and coordinates logistics for WAVMA-organized or sponsored symposia, conference, or other aquatic veterinary educational meetings. (see full description) 

Membership Committee
The Committee oversees membership issues to optimally serve individual members and the organization. 

Practitioner Credentialing Committee
The Committee oversees and administers the CertAqV Program for credentialing aquatic veterinary practitioners, and evaluates aquatic veterinary educational programs useful to members. (see full description)

Student Committee
The Committee fosters communications and networking amongst WAVMA Student Chapters and advises the Executive Board and other committees on student issues. (see full description)


Past Presidents

2016: Dr. Nick Saint-Erne (USA)
2015: Dr. Chris Walster (UK)
2014: Dr. Richmond Loh (Australia)
2013: Dr. Mohamed Faisal (USA)
2012: Dr. Dusan Palic (Germany)
2011: Dr. Julius Tepper (USA)
2010: Dr. Fotini Athanassopoulou (Greece)
2009: Dr. Hugh Mitchell (USA)
2008: Dr. Ron Roberts (UK)
2006/7: Dr. Peter L. Merrill (USA)



Devon Dublin DMVZ, MSc, CertAqV
WAVMA Secretary
132 Lichfield Road
Stafford, Staffordshire ST17 4LE
United Kingdom

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