Tuskegee University Veterinary Graduate Takes the Reins as New American Veterinary Medical Association president
by Anissa L. Riley
(August 1, 2014) - Ted Cohn, DVM, of Lone Tree, Colo., assumed his role
as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), the
largest veterinary organization in the United States, on July 29.
Cohn has devoted more
than 35 years of service to the people and animals of Colorado and the
veterinary medical profession. Since graduating from the Tuskegee
University School of Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) in 1975 with his Doctor
of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, Cohn has distinguished himself as a
leader both locally and nationally.
”I am honored to
serve as the next president of the AVMA, and I am ready to help us
navigate these exciting - and challenging - times in veterinary
medicine,” Cohn said. ”Things are changing rapidly in the world of
veterinary medicine, and I believe the AVMA is well-positioned to help
us adapt to these changes and to advance animal and human health, and
the veterinary profession. Throughout my career, I have learned that
there are many very bright and committed people working to serve the
veterinary profession. I know that by working together there is little
we canâ€™t do.”
Cohn cites many AVMA
initiatives, including the recent formation of the AVMA Economics
Division, its Strategy Management Process and the Partners for Healthy
Pets program, as critical elements of the AVMAâ€™s overall plan to help
guide the association and the profession into the future.
Division will allow the AVMA to learn the economic facts of life for
this profession and put us in a better position to understand the
economic challenges we are facing,” Cohn says. ”Our Strategy Management
Process will allow us to better meet our members’ needs by providing to
them the services and products they want and value, and our Partners for
Healthy Pets initiative will not only prolong pet lives but also
strengthen the relationship between veterinarians and pet owners.“
“The TUSVM family is
delighted and proud to salute Dr. Cohn as the new AVMA president,â€
said Dr. Ruby Perry, interim dean of the Tuskegee University College of
Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health.
â€œI remember Dr.
Cohn during our Tuskegee days as an upper classman with great leadership
qualities. He is no doubt effective at leading our profession’s top
organization which is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical
organizations in the world. Dr. Cohn is an inspiration to his colleagues
and has a track record that shows his commitment to the veterinary
medical profession,â€ Perry said.
Born in Little Rock,
Ark., Cohn attended the University of Colorado and then the University
of Arkansas at Little Rock in pursuit of his Bachelor of Science degree
in biology. After achieving his veterinary degree, Cohn completed an
internship at Angell Memorial Animal Hospital in Boston, Mass. More
recently, Cohn graduated from the certification course in veterinary
acupuncture at the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical
Sciences at Colorado State University.
Cohn began his career
in private practice in 1976 as an associate veterinarian at Aspenwood
Animal Hospital. He continues his career today at University Hills
Animal Hospital in Denver as a partner and hospital director. From 1983
to 1988, Cohn served as a consulting veterinarian for the Denver
Cohn was named
Western Region Practitioner of the Year in 1997 by the American Animal
Hospital Association (AAHA), an organization with which he has been
active for more than 35 years. He served on the AAHA leadership council
from 1996 to 2008 and as an AAHA media spokesperson.
Prior to his election
to the AVMA Executive Board in 2006, Cohn served on and chaired several
AVMA task forces, committees and subcommittees, and he spent seven
years in the AVMA House of Delegates, representing Colorado
veterinarians. While serving on the Executive Board, he chaired the
Insurance Liaison Committee, the Task Force on Strategic Planning and
the Economic Vision Steering Committee. Cohn was also the vice chair of
the AVMA Task Force on Future Roles and Expectations.
Cohn has been a
leader in veterinary medicine from the time of his veterinary school
days, when he represented Tuskegee in the Student AVMAâ€™s House of
Delegates. He has served as the president of both the Denver Area
Veterinary Medical Society (1986-1987) and the Colorado Veterinary
Medical Association (CVMA) (1996-1997). Cohn was honored as the
recipient of the CVMA President’s Award in both 2003 and 2012 and was
named as the Colorado Veterinarian of the Year for 2006. In 2009, the
Colorado Association of Veterinary Technicians honored him with their
Technician Advocate Award. Tuskegee University presented Cohn with their
Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2013.
For many years, Cohn
served on the Deanâ€™s Advisory Council at the Colorado State University
College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. He is a
long-standing member of numerous professional organizations, including
the Association of Avian Veterinarians, the Association of Amphibian and
Reptile Veterinarians and the Association of Veterinary Informatics. He
served for six years on the Board of Directors for the Animal
Assistance Foundation, a group that actively supports, through grant
making, improvement of animal welfare in the state of Colorado.
Cohn has been married
to his wife, Becky, since 1970. Becky runs her own business and has
been an active member of the Colorado VMA Auxiliary for many years. The
Cohn family includes two grown daughters, Corinne and Jen, and cats
Muffie and Bijou.
About the American Veterinary Medical Association
The AVMA, founded in
1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations
in the world, with more than 85,000 member veterinarians engaged in a
wide variety of professional activities. Visit the AVMA website at avma.org
to learn more about veterinary medicine and animal care and to access
up-to-date information on the association's issues, policies and
About Tuskegee University
University College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health
(CVMNAH) is composed of the School of Veterinary Medicine (Animal
Health) and the School of Nursing and Allied Health (Human Health). The
College is the only one of its kind in the USA where Animal Health
(Veterinary Medicine) and Human Health (Nursing and Allied Health) are
interlinked and merged under one College within the framework of the One
Health-One Medicine approach. The Tuskegee University School of
Veterinary Medicine (TUSVM) historically was established in 1945. TUSVM
graduated its first class of fully qualified veterinarians in 1949.
Since then, it has graduated more than 70% of the African-American
veterinarians in the USA. TUSVM graduates hold key leadership positions
in the government, military, academia and in the international arena.
For more information, please visit www.onemedicine.tuskegee.edu/ and www.tuskegee.edu/.