The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) announced today that Dr. David Granstrom has been promoted to the position of associate executive vice president (EVP) and chief operating officer (COO) of the AVMA, replacing Dr. Karl Wise, who retired this month.
"Dr. Wise has done an outstanding job during his tenure with the AVMA," Grandstrom said. "He brought special skills and abilities to the job that will be hard to replace. It’s an honor to follow in his footsteps to serve our great profession in this capacity. Fortunately, the association has an exceptional staff to support AVMA operations. I'm looking forward to working with them to continue moving the profession forward. I've greatly enjoyed working with the AVMA Council on Education and am pleased that my nëw position includes continued involvement with the Education and Research Division."
In his new position, Granstrom will provide staff support to the House of Delegates, House Advisory Committee, and Judicial Council. He will also work directly with the Education and Research, Membership, Communications and other divisions.
"Dr. Granstrom brings a wealth of experience to his new leadership position in the office of the executive vice president," said AVMA CEO Dr. Ron DeHaven. " Not only has he been a director of the Education and Research Division, Dr. Granstrom has an impressive background in practice, academia, research, private business and government. Among his many positions, Dave has served as a senior executive in the Agricultural Research Service. His broad base of experience and knowledge of the AVMA will serve us well in the years to come."
Granstrom has been director of the AVMA Education and Research Division since 2008 and served as assistant director of the division from 1997 to 2001. He received DVM and Ph.D. degrees from Kansas State University in 1978 and 1988, respectively, and he is a charter diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (parasitology).
As director of the Education and Research Division, Granstrom has provided professional staff support to the Council on Education, which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the official accrediting body for colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States and Canada. The council also accredits veterinary colleges in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, and the Caribbean.
From 2001 to 2008, Granstrom was associate director of the USDA’s Animal and Natural Resources Institute, Agricultural Research Service, and Granstrom was an assistant and associate professor of veterinary parasitology in the Department of Veterinary Science at the University of Kentucky from 1988 to 1997.
He is recognized as an international authority on equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) and has given numerous invited presentations at national and international meetings. His research resulted in development of the first effective diagnostic test, identification of the method of disease transmission, development of the first FDA approved treatment, and the development of effective guidelines for the prevention and control of EPM. Two patents, a successful university start-up company, and more than 75 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books have resulted from his work.
Granstrom also served 21 years as a public health officer with the Air National Guard in Kansas and Kentucky, retiring at the rank of lieutenant colonel in 2005.
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