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Pound Ridge Veterinarian Is AVMA President-Elect

POUND RIDGE, N.Y. — Dr. Douglas G. Aspros, a Pound Ridge resident and co-owner of the Pound Ridge Veterinarian Center, has been elected president-elect of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) by the AVMA House of Delegates at its annual meeting in St. Louis.

Aspros has owned the Pound Ridge Veterinarian Center, along with Laurel Cadditz, since 2003. He has lived in Pound Ridge since the mid-‘80s and his children attended Pound Ridge Elementary School and Fox Lane. He practices veterinarian medicine at Bond Animal Hospital in White Plains.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is a professional organization which Aspros calls the “premiere organization of veterinarian medicine.”

“Eighty-five percent of all vets belong to it,” he said. “It’s very rewarding to operate on the largest stage in veterinarian medicine. I am proud an humbled to be president-elect,” he said.

Aspros’ appointment will actually last three years. He will start as president-elect, then become president and later will wear the title of past-president.

He will succeed Dr. René A. Carlson, whose term as president began July 19. Aspros’ term as president will begin Aug. 6, 2012, during the AVMA's annual convention in San. Diego, Calif., and then conclude in 2013, during the 150th anniversary of the AVMA.

While lauding the profession, Dr. Aspros added that the AVMA and the veterinary profession face many challenges, including escalating educational debt for new veterinary school graduates, the impact of the economy and workforce issues.

Aspros is a 1975 graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. He was elected to the AVMA Executive Board to serve District 1 in 2006 and spent two years as the AVMA Executive Board vice chair. His term on the Executive Board expired last year. Prior to his term on the Executive Board he served six years on the AVMA Council on Education, which included serving as the council's chair.

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