Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) today announced that Joseph H. Kinnarney, DVM, MS, president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), will serve as the 2016 RUSVM commencement speaker.

"We are fortunate to have Dr. Kinnarney participate in our commencement ceremony," said Guy St. Jean, DVM, MS, DipACVS, interim dean at RUSVM. "His leadership experience within the veterinary community is extensive and serves as a model for our graduates, who are poised to assume a wide range of roles in veterinary medicine."

Dr. Kinnarney is a mixed-animal practitioner and also serves as president of the Reidsville Veterinary Hospital in North Carolina. His career highlights include two terms as AVMA vice president and service as vice president of the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association. He was named North Carolina's Veterinarian of the Year in 1991 and was honored as a North Carolina Distinguished Veterinarian in 2006.

As head of the AVMA, Dr. Kinnarney leads the not-for-profit association representing more than 88,000 veterinarians working in private and corporate practice, government, industry, academia and uniformed services. Accreditation by the AVMA Council on Education represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States.

RUSVM's commencement will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 3 p.m. EDT at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), founded in 1982, is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advance human, animal and ecosystem health (One Health Initiative) through research and knowledge exchange. RUSVM has focused research programs with an emphasis on emerging infectious and zoonotic diseases, conservation medicine, and ecosystem health. RUSVM offers postgraduate Masters', Ph.D. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board. The DVM program holds accredited status from the American Veterinary Medical Association ( The RUSVM Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association ( RUSVM is a part of DeVry Education Group (NYSE:DV). For more information about RUSVM, visit

About the American Veterinary Medical Association

The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 88,000 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities and dedicated to the art and science of veterinary medicine.

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