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Ballot 2012

Voting is conducted via the Web site.  Only current members who are Active Members, Associate Members or Life Members may vote.  If you are unable to vote over the Web site, please contact the AAZV Office immediately for a paper mail-in ballot.  You can call at (904)225-3275, e-mail at, fax at (904)225-3289 or mail your request to AAZV, 581705 White Oak Road, Yulee, FL 32097. Ballots, whether cast on the Web site, mailed or faxed, must be received by Friday, October 19, 2011

Secretary:  We have two candidates.  In alphabetical order, they are: Kelly Helmick and Clay Hilton

Kelly Helmick, DVM

Dr. Kelly Helmick received her veterinary degree from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993.  She continued her clinical education by completing an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at the University of Missouri-Columbia followed by an internship in aquatic animal medicine at the Mystic Aquarium.  In 1999, Dr. Helmick completed a clinical residency in wildlife and zoological medicine at the University of Florida with a concurrent Master of Science in reptile pharmacology, and became a diplomat of the American College of Zoological Medicine in 2005.  Dr. Helmick worked at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium and the El Paso Zoo before joining the Woodland Park Zoo in 2005 in her current position as associate veterinarian.  An active member of AAZV, ACZM, AZA, AVMA, ARAV, and IAAAM, Dr. Helmick has served as an AZA accreditation inspector since 2002, chaired the AAZV Legislative and Animal Welfare Committee from 2006 to 2011, and has served on the AAZV Public Relations Committee, AAZV Infectious Disease Committee, and ACZM Credentials Committee. In 2010, Dr. Helmick was honored to receive a Presidential Service Award from AAZV and ACZM.   

Clay Hilton, DVM

Dr. Clayton Hilton received a BS in Wildlife Biology in 1986, an MS in Wildlife Ecology in 1994 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1997.  He completed an internship in Large Animal Surgery and Medicine at Auburn University in 1998, at which time he went to work at a private zoological facility.  Dr. Hilton has worked in a variety of clinical settings, including The Montgomery Zoo, The Abilene Zoo, Auburn University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the Emergency Veterinary Clinic of Abilene (TX).  Dr. Hilton is the Vice-President of Animal Care & Conservation at Birmingham Zoo, Inc.

Dr. Hilton is the Chair of the By-laws Committee and Past Chair of the Public Relations Committee for the AAZV, the Veterinary Advisor to the AZA's Canid/Hyenid TAG and serves on the Board of Directors of the AAZV.  He is a member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees at University of Alabama-Birmingham and Samford University. His work has been published in numerous scholarly journals, including the Journal of Parasitology, Journal of Medical Entomology and The Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

Ethics and Professional Practice Committee:  We have two positions and two candidates.  Vote for one (The candidate receiving the highest number of votes will be elected as the active committee member; the member receiving the next highest number of votes will serve as the alternate.)  In alphabetical order, they are: Donna Ialeggio, Rita McManamon

Donna Ialeggio, DVM

Donna M Ialeggio, DVM, has been a member of the Philadelphia Zoo Veterinary Department since 1992, and holds an appointment as Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Veterinary School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has been an active member of AAZV since 1986, serving on the Legislative and Animal Welfare continuously since 1986, and as that Committee’s Chair from 1996-1998 . Dr Ialeggio is veterinary advisor for langurs, Geoffroy’s marmosets, and giant otters, and, in addition to the Legislative and Animal Welfare Committee, is a member of the AAZV Infectious Disease Committee (since 1992), the AZA Veterinary Advisory Group, and the AZA Nutrition Advisory Group; is an active AZA Inspector; and was member of the AZA Infectious Disease Committee from 2001-2008.

Rita McManamon, DVM

Dr. Rita McManamon worked in small/exotic animal and emergency practices, research laboratories, and wildlife rehabilitation before entering veterinary school. She received a BA in Physiology and Behavioral Biology, and DVM (zoo/wildlife emphasis) from the University of California at Davis.  She was Senior Veterinarian and Senior Vice President at Zoo Atlanta for over 20 years. She then left Zoo Atlanta to join the University of Georgia  College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, and postgraduate training as an Anatomic Pathology resident.  She now heads the UGA Zoo and Exotic Animal Pathology Service, provides exotic animal diagnostic pathology services to a wide clientele, and supervises exotic pathology resident training within UGA-CVM.  She has served AAZV in a number of positions:  JZWM Editorial Board (Associate Editor/Internal Medicine); AAZV Ethics and Professional Standards; Information Resources (Chair), Finance, Infectious  Diseases,  Public Relations, LAW, and International committees;  and has given several conference presentations and served as session moderator. For AZA: she was Orangutan SSP Clinical Veterinary Advisor, and now serves as co-Pathology Advisor;  served on AZA Ethics Board, AZA Animal Health Committee, and many inspection teams.  She has published several peer-reviewed articles  and book chapters in zoo medicine (Fowler’s Zoo and Wild Animal Medicine) and husbandry (Ethics on the Ark;  Conservation of Endangered Species in Captivity).  She is particularly passionate about bringing communities and stakeholders together across institutional and geographical boundaries, to solve medical problems  and train future generations of clinicians and pathologists.

Vice President:  Meg Sutherland-Smith who serves as current Secretary is nominated.

President-Elect:  Doug Armstrong, who serves as current Vice President is nominated.

President:  Paul calle who serves as current President-Elect is nominated.


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