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North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association Names Dr. Steven Stelma as President of Board of Directors

NCVMA Selects New Bern Veterinarian to Serve on 2017-2018 Executive Board.

New Bern, NC, August 30, 2017 --( The North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association (NCVMA) has announced the organization’s executive officers for 2017-2018. Dr. Steven Stelma, DVM, owner of the Animal Care Center of New Bern, will serve as president of the NCVMA board of directors. In this role, Stelma will work to advance the NCVMA’s mission of promoting integrity and excellence in veterinary medicine, as well as responsible pet ownership. A 1987 graduate of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Stelma practiced in Michigan for one year before moving to North Carolina. Highly active in the veterinary community, he serves on the board of directors of the Emergency Pet Hospital of Craven-Carteret and on the Jones County Board of Health. Stelma resides on his farm in Jones County, North Carolina.

Other NCVMA executive officers for 2017-2018 include:

-President-elect: Brenda Stevens, DVM, North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Hospital in Raleigh, North Carolina
-Vice President: Jennifer Shults, DVM, Quartet Veterinary Specialty and Emergency Hospital in Cary, North Carolina
-Secretary-Treasurer: Dante Martin, DVM, Holly Ridge Veterinary Hospital in Holly Ridge, North Carolina
-Immediate Past President: Thomas Kuhn, DVM, Animal Hospital East in Asheville, North Carolina

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

“President Dr. Steven Stelma and our new executive officers for the 2017-2018 year embody the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association’s core values of care and service,” said Claire Holley, NCVMA executive director. “As a whole, the executive board’s extensive experience in veterinary care and exemplary leadership skills will help greatly advance the NCVMA’s mission.”

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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.
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