In honor of his work in making a positive impact on animal health and the veterinary profession, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) recognized AAHA past president Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP, with the 2013 AVMA President's Award.

The 2013 AVMA President's Award (three awards) recognizes individuals and groups inside and outside veterinary medicine who have made a positive impact on animal, human or public health, veterinary organizations, and the profession. Welborn received the award at the 2013 AVMA Annual Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Welborn received the award in recognition of his outstanding contribution of time, wisdom, and leadership as chair of the Veterinary Economics Committee and the Workforce Advisory Group, 2012-2013.

Welborn was also a member of the AAHA/AVMA Task Force that developed the Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for the Partners for Healthy Pets initiative. He is the AAHA Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and chaired the AVMA Workforce Advisory Group, which was responsible for the 2013 Veterinary Workforce Study.

"We are so proud of Dr. Welborn and he is so deserving of the AVMA President's Award. Dr. Welborn has served AAHA in so many different capacities, from time spent on the board of directors and committees, the moving through the officer chairs of the association, and then serving as AAHA's president," said Michael Cavanaugh, DVM, DABVP, chief executive officer of AAHA. "He has always done an extraordinary job and been so generous with his time--AAHA is very grateful. As AAHA's delegate to AVMA's House of Delegates, Dr. Welborn continues to ensure that AAHA's voice is heard and our contribution to the profession is very relevant."

The owner of four AAHA-accredited small animal hospitals in Tampa, Florida, Welborn has also served in numerous leadership roles with AAHA and AVMA. These include serving as chairman of the AAHA task forces that produced the most recent major enhancements and revisions to the Standards of Accreditation for primary care small animal practices, the first Standards of Accreditation for small animal specialty practices, and the 2011 Canine Vaccination Guidelines.

A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in canine and feline practice, he earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine with honors from the University of Florida in 1982.  

"I have been very privileged to work with some incredibly gifted, dedicated leaders of the profession over the last 20 years. The members of these committees, task forces, and boards deserve the recognition," said Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP. "I believe all of us that volunteer time within the veterinary profession do so because we believe there is an opportunity to positively impact more lives of people and animals by doing so."

Welborn has been recognized with the AAHA Practitioner of the Year Award, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award, and Florida Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year Award.

"AAHA is proud to share our leaders with the entire profession as they certainly contribute at a consistently high level," Cavanaugh said. "Thanks to Dr. Welborn for his important work on behalf of the AVMA and a hearty congratulations on being recognized for his contribution as Chair of the Veterinary Economics Strategy Committee and the Workforce Advisory Group."


The above content was originally included in an AAHA press release dated August 5, 2013.


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