Virginia Veterinary Medical Association Names Dr. Mark Finkler As New President

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  • Roanoke, VA (1888PressRelease) March 02, 2013 - The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association ( has announced the organization's 2013-2014 board of directors. The organization has named Dr. Mark Finkler as the new president of the organization. Finkler is a small animal practitioner and the owner of Roanoke Animal Hospital, an AAHA accredited hospital. He earned his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The Ohio State University. Currently, he is also an adjunct professor at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in Blacksburg, Va., where he teaches an elective in ferret medicine and surgery. Finkler is a member of many local, state and national veterinary organizations, served on the VVMA board from 1998 to 2001 and is past president of Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation of Roanoke, VA.

    Other members of the 2013-2014 executive board include:

    - Past President: Dr. Don Henry, Augusta/Valley Animal Hospital, Va.
    - President-Elect: Dr. Jeffery Newman, Caring Hands Animal Hospitals of Arlington and of Ashburn, Va.
    - Vice President: Dr. Terry Taylor, Retired, USDA, Chesterfield, Va.
    - Secretary and Treasurer: Dr. Keith de la Cruz, Atlas District Veterinary Hospital, Washington, D.C.

    "We are pleased to announce our 2013-2014 executive board," said Robin R. Schmitz, executive director of the VVMA. "These individuals will play an important part in our continuing role in the veterinary community across the state, and I am confident that they will continue to lead this organization in our efforts to provide compassionate animal care."

    "I am truly honored to be the new VVMA president," said Finkler. "Preserving and enhancing the quality of animal life through veterinary medicine is an important charge, and one that I am honored to have. I look forward to working with this distinguished board of talented veterinarians representing the diverse areas of veterinary medicine in Virginia."

    - Finkler's veterinary interests include dogs, cats, ferrets and mini-mammals.

    - He is a member of the American Animal Hospital Association.

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    The Virginia Veterinary Medical Association (VVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of human and animal life through veterinary medicine. The organization aims to establish and enhance open communication between members of the association and industry representatives. The VVMA provides continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through mentoring programs, lobbies on behalf of the interests in the field of veterinary medicine and serves as an advocate and voice for the Virginia veterinary medicine community. For more information, visit, or call (800) 937-8862 or (804) 346-2611.

    Caitlin Russell
    MMI Public Relations
    (919) 233-6600
    caitlin ( @ ) mmipublicrelations dot com

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