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  • Date: March 4, 2015
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AAVSB Reports Death of Dr. Tom Kendall

Kansas City, MO (March 4, 2015) - The American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB) today reported with deep sadness that long-time volunteer Dr. Tom Kendall has passed away.

Dr. Kendall's service to the AAVSB was extensive. He served on the AAVSB Board of Directors from 2011-2015, most recently as President-Elect. He acted as board liaison to the Registry of Approved Continuing Education (RACE) Committee from 2013-2014, the Practice Act Model (PAM) Task Force from 2012-2014, and the Conference Committee from 2011-2013. Before being elected to the Board of Directors, Dr. Kendall served on the Finance Committee from 2010-2011.

Outside of his involvement with the AAVSB, Dr. Kendall was a clear advocate for the safe and effective regulation of veterinary medicine, as well as for the veterinary profession as a whole. He was appointed to the California Veterinary Medical Board leading as President from 2014-2015. During his tenure with the California board, he worked with the Legislative Committee to fine tune the California Veterinary Practice Act. He served in several leadership positions with the California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) fulfilling the duties as President in 1998. Additionally, with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), Dr. Kendall served as a Vice President in 2004. He was an associate clinical professor of veterinary medicine at the University of California-Davis, and licensed veterinarian for over 40 years. The popularity of his courses led to him being a highly sought after presenter at conferences and training sessions throughout the United States.

AAVSB President Dr. John Lawrence remarked, "I cannot begin to sum up Dr. Kendall's impact on the AAVSB, on his community, and on the veterinary professional universally. He was involved in too many good works to summarize in a few sentences. We are so grateful for his infectious smile and unwavering volunteerism over the years. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time of remembrance."

In lieu of flowers, the Kendall family suggests making a donation to the Mercer Veterinary Clinic for the Homeless (of which Dr. Kendall was an active volunteer):

Dr. Kendall's obituary can be read here.

About the AAVSB: The AAVSB is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to reliably provide quality resources and accurate information for veterinary regulatory agencies and professionals in the interest of public protection. The membership of the AAVSB consists of 59 jurisdictions representing all of the United States and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and six Canadian provinces: Alberta, Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Saskatchewan.

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