(CHICAGO, Illinois) July 23, 2013—Dr. Clark K. Fobian of Sedalia, Mo., begins a one-year term as president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) by pledging to bring the association members together.

“The AVMA has been in existence for 150 years and from any studied perspective is needed more by this profession today than at any other time in our past,” Dr. Fobian told to the AVMA House of Delegates during the first day of its two-day meeting held July 18-19 in Chicago. “We currently have a convergence of events relating to education, compensation, competition, employment, technology, diversity and culture like none other in the past. The needs are intense and the AVMA has the capabilities and the capacity to make a difference. We have to, once again as we have numerous times in our past, deliver, by whatever means, the value of the AVMA to all the participants in our profession—a profession that offers a perspective and service that none other replicates.”

Dr. Fobian, a University of Missouri-Columbia alum, was elected AVMA president-elect during the AVMA’s House of Delegates meeting last July in San Diego, Calif., during the AVMA’s Annual Convention. His term as president of the AVMA is a crowning achievement in a long and distinguished career as a veterinarian and a volunteer leader.

Dr. Fobian has approximately 30 years of experience as a mixed and small animal veterinarian. He grew up in Kirkwood, Mo., a suburb of St. Louis, and attended the University of Missouri-Columbia, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in wildlife biology in 1972 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1977.

He worked as an associate veterinarian in mixed animal practice for four years in Nevada and Marshall, Mo. before starting his own small animal practice in Sedalia, Mo. in 1981, where he continues to practice today. Through this time he has expanded his business from a solo practice to a four person practice, building a new clinic facility in 1996.

In 2006, Dr. Fobian was elected to the Executive Board of the AVMA, which oversees an association with more than 84,000 members. He has also served as chairman of the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF), which oversees the charitable arm of the AVMA. Dr. Fobian has been very active in the Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, serving as vice-president, president-elect, president and chairman of the board.

He has been married to his wife Rita for thirty-nine years. They have two grown children, Kerri and Todd, as well as three grandchildren, Eli, Liam and Maisy.

For more information about the AVMA, please visit www.avma.org.

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The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 84,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities.


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that it has named Matthew E. Bershadker President and CEO. Mr. Bershadker is a 12-year veteran of the ASPCA, serving most recently as Senior Vice President of the Anti-Cruelty Group (ACG). Mr. Bershadker will assume the position June 1, succeeding Edwin Sayres, President and CEO since 2003.

Under Mr. Bershadker’s leadership, the ASPCA has risen to new heights in its response to cruelty and natural disasters. The Anti-Cruelty Group evolved from a fledgling team of responders to a robust, national program that confronts animal cruelty and suffering on all levels across the country.  Mr. Bershadker helped form the Field Investigations & Response team to provide skilled support to state and federal agencies during large-scale puppy mill busts, dog fighting raids, animal hoarding cases, and other instances of animal cruelty as well as natural disasters such as the Joplin, Mo. tornado and Superstorm Sandy. The team has investigated hundreds of cases around the country.  Last year, the ASPCA played a leadership role in the removal of 50 dogs from a Bronx dog fighting ring. Most recently, the ASPCA assisted federal and state authorities in the removal of nearly 100 dogs from a multi-state dog fighting ring.

Prior to leading the Anti-Cruelty Group, Mr. Bershadker served as Vice President of the ASPCA’s Development department, where he was responsible for creating fundraising strategy and implementing tactics for major gifts, planned giving, special events, capital campaign, and corporate and foundation grants.

Chair of the Board Tim F. Wray stated: “Matt is far and away the most outstanding choice to be the next leader of the ASPCA. His extensive experience, energy and unwavering commitment to animal welfare, coupled with his strong understanding of business management and the non-profit world, make him the ideal leader for the organization as we pursue our mission. I, along with the rest of the Board, look forward to working with him in his new role. We thank Ed Sayres for all he has contributed to this organization and the welfare of animals. Ed grew the ASPCA by leaps and bounds and changed the fate of countless homeless animals. We wish him the very best.”

“I am thrilled to serve the ASPCA, its members and the many communities around the country where we play a vital role,” stated Mr. Bershadker. “We have made significant strides on behalf of animals around the country, but there is much more to do. I look forward to working with the executive leadership team and our staff to continue to pursue our mission and develop successful initiatives and programs to take animal welfare to next level.”

Mr. Bershadker has been instrumental in the creation of the ASPCA Behavioral Rehabilitation Center at St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center in Madison, N.J., the first-ever facility dedicated strictly to providing behavioral rehabilitation to canine victims of cruelty, such as those confiscated from puppy mills and hoarding cases.

During Mr. Bershadker’s tenure, the ASPCA also launched the Cruelty Intervention Advocacy program, a ground-breaking new initiative to help protect companion animals that are in danger of potential abuse or neglect, helping hundreds of New York City’s animals in jeopardy of becoming cruelty victims.

Before joining the ASPCA, Mr. Bershadker worked for ICF Consulting and Share Our Strength (SOS). He received his MBA from Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School and his Bachelor’s degree in Communications from Ohio University.

Mr. Bershadker serves on the board of the Gruber Family Foundation and Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries. He lives in New York City with his wife, Nina, son Elias and their dog, Thelma.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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Board of Directors of Leading National Animal Welfare Organization Engages Executive Search Firm


NEW YORK—The ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) today announced that President and CEO Ed Sayres has notified the Board of Directors of his intention to step down from management by year end after nearly a decade at the helm of one of the nation’s leading animal welfare organizations. A committee of the Board has been formed to oversee the process to identify the next chief executive to lead the organization. The Board committee has retained executive search firm Korn/Ferry International to manage the search process.

Chair of the Board Tim F. Wray stated: “Everyone at the ASPCA is extremely grateful to Ed for his immense contributions to the organization on behalf of our nation’s animals. During his tenure, Ed has established the ASPCA as a leader in providing sheltering expertise, enforcing animal welfare laws, and rescuing and rehabilitating animal victims of cruelty. Under Ed's leadership, the organization's membership base has tripled to more than 1.2 million and our revenues have quadrupled to $148 million in 2011. The Board will engage in a process to identify a strong successor to lead the ASPCA and our executive team as we continue to enhance all of our efforts to improve the lives and welfare of animals.”

“It has been my honor and pleasure to work with the many talented people at the ASPCA and serve this vital organization,” Mr. Sayres said. “I joined the ASPCA to bring the life-saving model I championed in San Francisco to NYC and beyond. Through collaboration and very hard work, together we have achieved what we set out to do, creating some of the most innovative programs – from our anti-cruelty initiatives to our national transport efforts – that have contributed to saving many millions of animals. The ASPCA team is deep and strong, and I am confident that this great work will only continue.” Mr. Sayres added: “I am a builder by nature and by training, and now is the perfect time to consider other opportunities in the non-profit arena where I can make significant contributions. I look forward to working with the Board to ensure a smooth transition.”

Under Mr. Sayres’ leadership, the ASPCA has risen to new levels of national prominence in the fight to end homelessness and cruelty toward animals and has been operating and funding some of the most important animal welfare programs in the country. As a pioneer of the “no-kill” model of animal sheltering, which exhorts community groups to collaborate to stop the killing of healthy or treatable dogs and cats in animal shelters, Mr. Sayres was recruited to the ASPCA in 2003 to bring no-kill to New York City. At that point, only 33 percent of the animals in New York City’s shelters made it out alive. By the first quarter of 2012, that figure had risen to approximately 80 percent. Mr. Sayres has been the guiding force behind the ASPCA’s effort to build collaborative partnerships across the country with municipal and non-profit animal welfare agencies so that they may end the killing of healthy and treatable dogs and cats.

During Mr. Sayres’ tenure, the ASPCA created a transport network to help transfer adoptable animals in high supply to areas of low supply and high demand and developed a robust grants program, which awarded over $15 million in funding to animal welfare organizations around the country in 2011. The organization developed a field investigation and disaster response program following its work during Hurricane Katrina, where it aided animal evacuation efforts and provided critical funding and expertise. Since then, the ASPCA has been on the ground in areas devastated by natural disasters such as Joplin, Mo., where it established an emergency shelter and provided food and supplies to help rescue pets injured and displaced by the deadly tornado.

The ASPCA also developed a program dedicated to assisting federal and local authorities crack down on dog fighting. In 2007, the organization worked closely with federal authorities during the Michael Vick dog fighting case, where the ASPCA's general consultation and specific role in processing the forensic evidence were key elements that resulted in Mr. Vick and the three other defendants pleading guilty to felonies. Most recently, the ASPCA played a leadership role in the removal of 50 dogs from a Bronx dog fighting ring.

About the ASPCA®
Founded in 1866, the ASPCA® (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals®) is the first animal welfare organization in North America and serves as the nation’s leading voice for animals. More than two million supporters strong, the ASPCA’s mission is to provide effective means for the prevention of cruelty to animals throughout the United States. As a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, the ASPCA is a national leader in the areas of anti-cruelty, community outreach and animal health services. For more information, please visit www.ASPCA.org, and be sure to follow the ASPCA on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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