North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Names Dr. Kristen Hammett as New President

NCVMA Selects Waynesville Veterinarian to Serve on 2015-2016 Executive Board.

Waynesville, NC, August 19, 2015 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) has announced the organization’s official 2015-2016 executive officers. Dr. Kristen Hammett, veterinarian at Animal Hospital of Waynesville, will serve as NCVMA’s president. Dr. Hammett received her doctorate of veterinary medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in Auburn, Alabama, and is the owner of the Animal Hospital of Waynesville, the first American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) accredited practice in North Carolina west of Asheville.

Other members of the 2015-2016 executive board include:

- President-elect: Tom Kuhn, DVM, Animal Hospital East in Asheville (resides in Swannanoa).
- Vice President: Steve Stelma, DVM, Animal Care Center in New Bern (resides in Trenton).
- Secretary-Treasurer: Brenda Stevens, DVM, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh (resides in Raleigh).
- Immediate Past President: Shannon Foy, DVM, Brentwood Veterinary Center in Wilson (resides in Goldsboro).

The executive officers, working with the board of directors, will provide guidance on all NCVMA activities and initiatives, as well as oversight of strategic planning and future direction of the organization. Founded in 1902, NCVMA is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality veterinary medicine.

“Our new executive board members for the 2015-2016 year embody North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association’s mission and core values of care and service,” said Claire Holley, NCVMA executive director. “Dr. Kristen Hammett’s extensive experience in veterinary care coupled with her exemplary leadership skills make her the perfect fit for president.”

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About The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association:
The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) is a professional organization of veterinarians dedicated to compassionate animal care and quality medicine. The NCVMA promotes integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine, provides the highest quality continuing education programs and conferences, supports its members through public relations and marketing efforts to the public and governing officials, lobbies on behalf of the interests of the entire profession, and serves as an advocate and voice for veterinary medicine in the state. As recognized experts in veterinary medicine, NCVMA members are frequently asked to contribute their opinions and lend their expertise to media outlets throughout North Carolina and around the country, including The News & Observer, Charlotte Today, Wilmington Star-News, Fayetteville Observer, Greensboro News & Record, USA Today, Yahoo!, ABC News and Time Warner Cable News. For more information, visit, or call (800) 446-2862 or (919) 851-5850.
Amanda Romano