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Auburn University graduate selected as AVMA Future Leader

August 7, 2012

By Tom McPheron, AVMA

SCHAUMBURG, Illinois – Dr. Jason W. Johnson, a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, is one of 10 veterinarians selected to participate in the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) Future Leaders Program. This yearlong program, created by the AVMA and supported by Pfizer Animal Health, will help develop leadership skills in the selected group of volunteer leaders for the future of the AVMA and other veterinary groups.

This is the second class of 10 Future Leaders involved in the program. The participants were selected from approximately 60 AVMA member nominees who had graduated from veterinary school within the last 15 years.

“I have always felt compelled to be intimately involved in organized veterinary medicine and I’m proud to represent the Society for Theriogenology in the AVMA Future Leaders Program,” Dr. Johnson said. “I hope the program will unveil my inadequacies, refine my leadership and communication skills, and equip, embolden and envision me to best represent the AVMA in future capacities.”

Dr. Johnson, a native of Luverne, Ala., is associate professor of theriogenology at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine on the Island of St. Kitts.  He is a diplomate in the American College of Theriogenologists. He completed a three-year residency at Auburn University in food animal theriogenology earning a master’s degree. His research focused on virus transmission of bovine viral diarrhea.

The yearlong Future Leaders Program begins at the AVMA Convention in San Diego, Calif., August 3-7. This select group will have the opportunity to work with professional facilitator Ken Andrews of High Impact Facilitation to receive project management and leadership training. As the year progresses, these young leaders will not only learn new skills, but they will, as a group, develop and collaborate on a project that will provide the AVMA with a valuable new tool or service that will benefit all members. The final results of their efforts will be presented during the AVMA Convention in Chicago, July 19-23, 2013.

“The hardest part of picking each class over the past two years has been narrowing down the list of nominees to just 10 participants, because of the qualifications, diverse interests and energy of all the outstanding nominees,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the AVMA. “Many of these Future Leaders are already leaders, having accepted leadership roles at the state and local levels, so we’re excited by not only by what we can teach them but how much they’ll be able to teach us. The inaugural class of Future Leaders has been inspiring and accomplished so much, so I expect a lot from the second class.”

The first class of Future Leaders focused on creating a web-based Future Leader Toolkit that uses videos, instructional tools, media materials and other information and instruments that AVMA members can use to improve their leadership skills on the job or within the profession.

For more information on the AVMA’s Future Leaders Program, or to arrange interviews with Dr. Johnson or any of the participants, contact Tom McPheron at 847-285-6781 or For general information about the AVMA and its convention, visit, or

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 82,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.


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