AR-News: AVAR Elects New Board President
pam at avar.org
Tue Sep 9 12:45:03 EDT 2003
Santa Barbara Veterinarian to Lead National Veterinary Group
Focusing on Animal Rights
DAVIS (September 9, 2003) - Paula Kislak, D.V.M., was elected the new
president of the Association of Veterinarians for Animal Rights (AVAR) by a
unanimous vote of the board of directors. Kislak, a veterinarian with 20
years experience and a longtime animal rights advocate, succeeds AVAR
co-founder Dr. Nedim Buyukmihci in the leadership role at AVAR. Dr.
Buyukmihci recently retired from his faculty position at the University of
California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine, to take a full-time
position at the Animal Protection Institute's primate sanctuary in Texas.
"I am pleased to have the opportunity to serve as president," said Kislak.
"As a national organization with more than 10,000 veterinary members and
contributors, AVAR is a powerful resource that fills a unique niche. It
provides a crucial link between the scientific medical sector and the
animal advocacy community."
AVAR promotes the rights of all nonhuman animals through legislative
activities, public education and programs to provide direct aid to animals
in need. Current campaigns include promotion of alternatives to the harming
and killing of animals in veterinary instruction and education regarding
the benefits of early-age (6-8 weeks) sterilization. Ongoing initiatives
include efforts to prohibit the sale of animals from shelters to research
facilities and bans on certain cruel food production practices affecting
animals. AVAR is the only national veterinary association that focuses on
animal rights issues and encourages the veterinary profession to be more
animal advocacy oriented.
Dr. Kislak, a vegan, has been an AVAR board member since 1998 and was on
its advisory board prior to that. She is considered by many as an
"activst's activist" because of her involvement with many animal rights
issues. For example, Dr. Kislak has been an anti-greyhound racing activist
since 1992, she was instrumental in passing California's sweeping animal
shelter reform law of 1998, and she continues to assist with efforts to
help animals both locally and in Sacramento. She is a consultant and on
boards of several groups, including Santa Barbara Animal Rescue,
Animalkind, and Neva Foundation.
Dr. Kislak graduated with a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from the
University of Florida in 1984. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in
Psychology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the George
Washington University. She has numerous professional credits, including
past president of the Southern California Veterinary Medical Association,
San Fernando Valley Chapter and area coordinator for the California
Veterinary Medical Association's Disaster Response Team. She and her
husband, also a veterinarian, had their own private practice for small
animals in Sherman Oaks, California, before moving to Santa Barbara three
years ago. She also has extensive animal shelter experience.
"The AVAR is very fortunate to have Dr. Kislak as its new president," said
Teri Barnato, AVAR's National Director. "When it comes to the 'first do no
harm' veterinary ethic, she is one of the few who always adheres to it both
in her professional and personal life."
For more on AVAR, visit the website at www.avar.org.
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