North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Names Dr. Steven Stelma as Vice President

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

New Bern, NC, August 19, 2015 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) has announced the organization’s official 2014-2015 executive officers. Dr. Steven Stelma, owner of Animal Care Center of New Bern, will serve as NCVMA’s vice president. A 1987 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Stelma practiced in Michigan for one year before moving to North Carolina. Active in the veterinary community, he serves on the board of directors of Emergency Pet Service of Craven-Carteret, Colonial Capital Human Society and 4-Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center. Stelma resides in Trenton, North Carolina.

Other members of the 2015-2016 executive board include:

- President: Kristen Hammett, DVM, Waynesville Animal Hospital (resides in Waynesville).
- President-elect: Tom Kuhn, DVM, Animal Hospital East in Asheville (resides in Swannanoa).
- 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.

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“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. Steven Stelma’s extensive experience in veterinary care, coupled with his exemplary leadership skills make him the perfect fit for vice president.”

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