Aviagen Veterinarian Dr. Sara Reichelt was recognized as a “Future Leader” by the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP) during the 2019 American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA’s) Veterinary Leadership Conference. Held Jan. 10-13 in Chicago, the conference theme was “Evolution of Leadership.” Dr. Reichelt was selected based on her proven leadership abilities and long list of academic and professional accomplishments.

Background of achievement and giving back

A recent graduate of the North Carolina State University veterinary program, Dr. Reichelt earned undergraduate degrees in Zoology and Poultry Science, as well as a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. December marked one and a half years since she joined Aviagen as an Associate Veterinarian, overseeing the health, biosecurity and welfare of the company’s grandparent broiler breeding stock.

Alongside her work responsibilities, her portfolio of professional memberships include: active member of the AAAP, Breeder Representative for the Animal Welfare Committee, Liaison for the AAAP Board of Directors (representing members zero to five years after graduation), 2020 Chair-Elect of the AAAP Membership Committee, committee member of the Public Trust Task Force and founding member of the AAAP Women’s Network. For the Women’s Network, she is a Facebook administrator, and is actively involved in professional development for the women, and in encouraging them to participate and support one another. She was also a recent guest at the AAAP Board of Directors Strategic Planning Meeting to help give a voice to the younger members of the AAAP.

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“Sara is a great representation of AAAP through her professionalism, charisma, and passion for our great profession,” said Dr. Kate Hayes, Aviagen’s production program veterinarian. “She is passionate about animal welfare and consumer education, and interacts daily with team members to educate and lead. This opportunity will allow her to further develop her natural leadership skills and expand her professional network.”

“I’m honored to be recognized by the AAAP, and am thankful for the opportunity to serve the organization as a future leader,” added Dr. Reichelt. “Drew Dudley, the 2019 AAAP leadership conference keynote speaker, gave us inspiring advice: ‘Do not go through life believing you will eventually be a leader; you are a leader today who has the ability to empower others.’ I look forward to the chance to become a better leader and to help others along their professional journeys within our industry.”

Working together toward a common goal 

Aviagen is a long-time supporter of the AVMA and AAAP, and, after completing a term on the AAAP Board of Directors, Aviagen North America’s Vice President of Veterinary Services Dr. Eric Jensen became the Association’s newly elected president elect for 2019-2020. Aviagen and the AAAP share the common goal of promoting the health, well-being and productivity of poultry for today and the future, and regularly make available the latest scientific research and knowledge to benefit the poultry industry.