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American Humane Association Welcomes 'America's Veterinarian' Dr. Marty Becker To Its Board Of Directors

WASHINGTON, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  American Humane Association, the country's first national humane organization and the only charity dedicated to the protection of children and animals, today announced that award-winning veterinarian, television correspondent and best-selling author Dr. Marty Becker has joined the charity's board of directors.

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Loved and respected by millions as "America's Veterinarian," Dr. Becker has has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. For close to 20 years, he as been the popular veterinary contributor on ABC's Good Morning America, and he is a founding member of The Dr. Oz Show's Core Team Oz and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Panel. In April 2012, the World Small Animal Veterinary Association named him the recipient of their annual WSAVA Hill's Excellence in Veterinary Healthcare Award. Dr. Becker has written 22 books that have sold more than 7 million copies, including three New York Times Best Sellers. Dr. Becker will also serve as the Chief Veterinary Correspondent for American Humane Association.

"I'm very excited to join the board of directors of American Humane Association," said Dr. Becker. "I've long admired the important and unparalleled work this organization does to enhance the welfare of children and animals, and now I have the opportunity to help support its critical mission as a board member. The human-animal bond is a strong and life-affirming force in our world and American Humane Association is a true leader in the Compassion Movement, shedding light and love to those in need."

In addition to his public appearances and work as an author, Dr. Becker is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, as well as at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Colorado State University and the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri's College of Veterinary Medicine.  He has lectured at every veterinary school in the United States, and has been named Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year by the Delta Society (now Pet Partners) and the American Veterinary Medical Association. He practices, when his schedule allows, at two veterinary hospitals in north Idaho because he loves veterinary medicine, pets and the people who care for them. He is also an active supporter of four animal shelters in north Idaho.

"Marty is a passionate and tireless advocate for the welfare of animals and children," said American Humane Association President and CEO Dr. Robin Ganzert, Ph.D. "We are so pleased to welcome him to our board, and we know that the lives of millions more animals and children around the world will be enriched through his service at American Humane Association."

About American Humane AssociationAmerican Humane Association is the country's first national humane organization and the only one dedicated to protecting both children and animals. Since 1877, American Humane Association has been at the forefront of virtually every major advance in protecting our most vulnerable from cruelty, abuse and neglect. Today we're also leading the way in understanding the human-animal bond and its role in therapy, medicine and society. American Humane Association reaches millions of people every day through groundbreaking research, education, training and services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies and businesses. You can help make a difference, too. Visit American Humane Association at www.americanhumane.org today.

SOURCE American Humane Association

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