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Dr. Michael Topper takes over as AVMA president

Dr. Michael Topper takes over as AVMA president

Michael J. Topper, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, assumed the role of president of the American Veterinary Medical Association in late July during the organization’s convention in Indianapolis.

Dr. Topper, a recently retired veterinary pathologist living in Harleysville, Pennsylvania, will serve as president for one year.

He has held numerous leadership roles. They include representing the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association on the AVMA House of Delegates from 2007 to 2016 and serving on the House Advisory Committee for six years, culminating as chairman in 2015.

Dr. Topper’s successor in July 2018 will be John de Jong, DVM, of Weston, Massachusetts, whom the House of Delegates named president-elect.

Dr. de Jong owns Boston Mobile Veterinary Clinic and Newton Animal Hospital. He founded the low-cost spay/neuter clinic at Merwin Memorial Clinic.

He is a past president of the Massachusetts and New England veterinary medical associations and the American Association of Housecall Veterinarians. He serves on the board of advisers for the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.

In other AVMA news:

  • The 2019-20 president is expected to be either Indiana veterinarian Angela Demaree, DVM, MPH, a major in the U.S. Army Reserves, or Minnesota mixed-animal practitioner John Howe, DVM. The House of Delegates will choose the president-elect during the group’s 2018 convention in Denver.
  • Michael L. Whitehair, DVM, a large animal veterinarian from Abilene, Kan., was elected chairman of the AVMA board of directors. Dr. Whitehair, who previously served as vice chairman, succeeds Mark Helfat, DVM. Dr. Whitehair also will chair the Board of Governors.

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