Dr. Henry E. Childers
American Veterinary Medical Association

Dr. Henry Childers, a small animal practitioner in Cranston, Rhode Island, is only the second veterinarian to serve as both president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). In addition to his practice, he is an assistant clinical professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. After earning his veterinary degree from Auburn University, Dr. Childers served two years in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corp before acquiring the Cranston Animal Hospital in 1957. He became a Diplomate in the specialty, American Board of Veterinary Practitioners where he served as a member of their Council of Regents and was chairman of their Continuing Education Committee. Throughout his career Dr. Childers has been active in organized veterinary medicine. In addition to serving two terms as President of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Childers served as their secretary/treasurer, and chaired the Continuing Education Committee for 15 years. He also served as chair of the Rhode Island Veterinary Board of Examiners. Nationally, Dr. Childers served as the president of the AVMA, and served on the AVMA Councils on Education and Public Relations, the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities, and as a consultant to the National Board Examination Committee. As an AVMA Executive Board member, he represented District I, acting on behalf of veterinarians in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, on the AVMA Executive Board. Dr. Childers served as President of the American Animal Hospital Association, chair of their Annual Scientific Meeting, President of the AAHA Foundation, and as a member of the Review Board of the Foundation. His awards include: first recipient of the Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year Award; (2006); 2001 Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association’s Distinguished Service Award (2001); the AAHA Practitioner of the Year Award (1992) and AAHA’s Northeast Region Practitioner of the Year (1991); 1995 Rhode Island Veterinary Medical Association (RIVMA) Vanguard Award for his services to the Association (1995); 1990 Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Distinguished Alumnus Award (199); 1984 AVMA Veterinary Continuing Educator Award (1984); and the Tuft University School of Veterinary Medicine Childers Award, an annual award established in 1992 in honor of Dr. Childers for sustained and extraordinary contributions to the education of Tufts Veterinary students

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