Dr. Thomas McKenna Completes Term as AAVLD President

Past AAVLD president Dr. Thomas McKenna 'Passes the Torch' to
2013 AAVLD president Dr. Thomas McKenna ‘Passes the Torch’ to Dr. Catherine Barr who will serve as the association’s president in 2014.

McKenna’s Term as AAVLD President Ends

Dr. Thomas McKenna, Director of WVDL, has completed his year-long term as President of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) in 2013.  As part of his four-year stint as a member of the AAVLD Executive Board, he served as President-Elect in 2012 and as Vice President in 2011.  As the Immediate Past President, 2014 will be his final year as a member of the Executive staff.

The AAVLD is a professional organization which disseminates information relating to the diagnosis of animal diseases, while also coordinating diagnostic activities of regulatory, research and service laboratories.  The organization acts as a consultant to the United States Animal Health Association and is part of a cooperative effort that makes up The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).

Dr. McKenna transferred the role of President to Dr. Catherine Barr at the Presidents’ Dinner of this year’s AAVLD Annual Meeting. Barr is the quality assurance and safety manager at the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) in Amarillo.   The Presidents’ Dinner is the marquee event of the Annual Meeting, where AAVLD and NAHLN recognize excellence in the world of veterinary medicine.

McKenna offered some thoughts about the Annual Meeting, the two associations and his year as President of AAVLD during the Presidents’ Dinner.  Over 500 people attended this year’s dinner as awards were handed out and attendees shared in the highlights of the last year.