The American Association of Bovine Practitioners (AABP) recently announced its officers for the upcoming year at its 42nd annual conference Sept. 9-12 in Omaha, Neb.. The new 2009-2010 officers are:

  • President, Roger Saltman, DVM, MBA, from Cazenovia, New York, will represent AABP membership on a day-to-day basis, overseeing all facets of the organization.
  • President-elect, Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM, from Baton Rouge, La., will have the responsibility to serve as the annual meeting program committee chairperson.
  • Vice President, Brian Gerloff, DVM, PhD, from Marengo, Ill., will coordinate the next annual meeting’s preconference seminars.

Past AABP President Richard Wallace, DVM, MS, believes the unique volunteer nature of the organization is the key to its livelihood. “This organization serves as the pulse of not only the large animal sector, but the entire animal agriculture industry,” said Wallace. “We are excited to welcome the new officers.”

The organization’s objectives focus on providing continual education opportunities to bovine veterinarians and veterinary students while elevating practice standards and public awareness of the importance of large animal practice.

“My major goal is to continue AABP’s outreach efforts and increase our student membership,” said incoming president Saltman. “We must provide students and new veterinarians with education in areas that will prepare them for what will invariably be a different kind of practice in the next 25 years. This includes training in business management practices, entrepreneurship and managing human resources, in order to adapt to the changing role those veterinarians will have in the future.”

Saltman is currently the group director of U.S. cattle veterinary operations for Pfizer Animal Health. Prior to his current position, he worked in a private dairy practice in New York and then served in technical services roles at American Cyanamid Company, Roche Animal Health and Pharmacia Animal Health. He received his doctor of veterinary medicine degree at CornellUniversity and a master’s degree in business administration at SyracuseUniversity. He was presented the AABP Distinguished Service Award in 2001 and has served as treasurer and board member for the organization.

Navarre currently serves as an extension veterinarian with the LouisianaStateUniversityAgriculturalCenter. She received her doctor of veterinary medicine degree from LouisianaStateUniversity, and following graduation, worked in a private dairy practice in