PROVEN LEADER. STRONG ADVOCATE. COMMITTED REPRESENTATIVE.
Dear Fellow Members of the American Veterinary Medical Association:
On March 1-31, 2017, you have the opportunity to vote for your next representative on the Board of Directors of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Our current District II Representative, Dr. Mark Helfat of New Jersey, is stepping down because his term of office is expiring after many years of dedicated service to the AVMA and to you members in District II comprising Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia. A successor must be elected for this important position representing one of the largest districts in the AVMA. I am asking you for the honor of serving to represent you and all the members of District II by voting for me as the next District II Director.
As a District II Director candidate, I offer a wealth of experience in national, state and local leadership as well as national and international academic and professional educational collaborations.
As an AVMA member for 35 years and a student of environmental concerns for even longer, I have experienced how human, non-human life and the earth are bound together in the now recognized “One Health” paradigm. I believe veterinary professionals are the one profession best suited to champion the importance of One Health. However, we need
to match our professional expertise with policy skills that will allow us to forge collaborative opportunities between veterinary professionals, human health care professionals, environmentally related disciplines, and diverse policymakers while developing out-of-the-box thinking.
I am not your typical candidate. As an employee of corporate veterinary medicine I have been in the board rooms when corporate decisions about veterinary medicine have been made. I have also owned and worked for private practice and worked with support staff and veterinary technicians vital to growing a practice. As a Tenured university faculty member I have lead academic governance groups, been a long-standing local representative for Western Pennsylvania, President and now Immediate Past President of PVMA, a AVMA Alternate Delegate, on the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA), and an AAAS/AVMA Congressional Fellow on Capitol Hill, but most important I have witnessed the importance of local control-home rule of our professional associations. The changes that affect our profession, our communities, and our families are more easily and earliest observed at the home level.
I believe however, that for our profession to have an impact on policy, regulations, laws and governance at the international, national and state level, we must work at all levels of policy and the policymakers must see a strong united AVMA with the strength of numbers and a voice from bidirectional communication that allows quick mobilization with a unified voice.
As a leader within the AVMA and especially representing District II, a representative needs to understand what the AVMA’s District II encompasses. Having worked in many capacities and regions of our District, I believe I have an understanding and appreciation of the unique qualities that make District II one of the AVMA’s most consequential districts. The District II Representative must possess not only an appreciation for the region and the veterinarians represented but a passion for the profession and its unique role in the world. My experiences have helped me develop a passion for the critical role we play as a profession in protecting not only animal health but human health and in understanding the interconnectivity with the planet.
I understand the challenges that face our profession and you as a veterinarian on a daily basis – escalating student debt, practice profitability, competing forces, advancing technology, compassion fatigue, stress and burnout, and the influence of Dr. Google just to name a few. Our professional organization, the Board of Directors as leaders, and the District II Representative must be modern, forward thinking, willing and able to represent and to proactively respond to challenges and develop out-of-the-box solutions that positively impact the profession as a whole and you as an individual.
District II has much to gain from strong representation from an individual who understands and highlights the wide-ranging emerging opportunities, the diversity and trends that exist for the veterinary profession in District II and nationally, while also understanding the impact of these opportunities on the national and the international stage.
I believe I am that person and I ask you to vote for me as your District II Representative for the Board of Directors of your professional organization, the American Veterinary Medical Association.
ABOUT MICHAEL QUINTON BAILEY, DVM, DACVR
Dr. Michael Q. Bailey is a board–certified veterinary radiologist and project manager for IDEXX. Born in Queens, New York he was raised in Hopewell, New Jersey near where Washington crossed the Delaware River. He completed his undergraduate degree at Rutgers University, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science. After graduating from Rutgers, but prior to attending veterinary school, Michael was an extension agent for the State of New Jersey in Hunterdon, New Jersey. After completing his veterinary degree at the historic Tuskegee University in Alabama, he attended Michigan State University (MSU) for a small animal rotating internship and progressed to a residency at MSU in diagnostic and therapeutic radiology where he joined the MSU faculty in Lansing on completion of his advanced programs. He then moved to Columbus, Ohio and joined the faculty of The Ohio State University (OSU) where he became a tenured Associate Professor working closely with clinical and research faculty at both world renowned faculties of The Ohio State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, and the James Cancer Hospital as well as the Solove Research Institute. Leaving The OSU, he opened a veterinary imaging center in central Ohio providing the first veterinary specific CT scanner and advanced veterinary imaging services in the state of Ohio. Read More...
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MICHAEL Q. BAILEY DVM, DACVR, AVMA/AAAS FELLOW
Candidate for District II Director,
Board of Directors, American Veterinary Medical Association