American Animal Hospital Association Welcomes New President and Trustees | Industry News

The American Association of Veterinary Hospitals (AAHA) welcomed a new president and director to the AAHA Board of Directors at the Connexity by AAHA conference, held in Nashville, Tennessee.

“The AAHA Board of Directors is committed to investing in the future success of our members, and with their support, the AAHA staff bring our purpose to life, to simplify the path to excellence for veterinary practices,” said AAHA CEO Garth Jordan.

He explained that AAHA’s three-year strategic plan involves significant investments in infrastructure and new offerings. These include an improved accreditation process; competency-based learning opportunities to support practitioner application of AAHA guidelines; and benchmarking tools.

The president and new directors of the 2022-2023 AAHA Board of Directors include:

Margot Vahrenwald, DVM, President

Margot Vahrenwald grew up mostly in Los Alamos, New Mexico and still considers it her home state despite moving around the country. A career change, Vahrenwald earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia, then a master’s degree in communications from American University while working in public relations and public affairs in Washington, D.C. She moved on to working as a veterinary receptionist at Friendship Hospital for Animals before moving to Colorado to complete prerequisites and apply to vet school. After graduating from Colorado State, she interned and then worked as a veterinarian at Friendship before returning to Colorado. In 2011, she opened Park Hill Veterinary Medical Center, which is now a six-doctor small animal practice in northeast Denver.

Lynn Happel, DVM, new director

Happel graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2003. After graduation, she practiced small animal medicine in a three-doctor practice in Muskegon for two years, then worked in an eight-doctor practice in Grand Rapids for six years. In 2010, she decided to open her own practice and the Eastown Veterinary Clinic was born on June 1, 2011. Happel’s special interest in the field of veterinary medicine is veterinary dentistry. She has taken additional training to learn why dental health is important and how to perform specialized procedures. Happel volunteers on the Eastown Business Association Board of Directors and the Uptown Business Improvement District Board of Directors.

Benjamin M. Yerger