2019 Board of Directors Election

Cast your vote for the next leaders at WVC. You decide.

Your Vote Counts ...

Participants who registered for a WVC event from March 9, 2018, through February 20, 2019, are automatically members of WVC until the next annual meeting. Participants registered as a Veterinarian are eligible to vote for two candidates for the office of Veterinary Director, serving five-year terms, and one candidate for the office of Vice President.

Voting will begin on Sunday, February 17 at 1:00p PST and continue through Tuesday, February 19 at 4:00p PST. During this time you will receive an email with a link that is unique to you. This link may be used to vote once and cannot be forwarded to others.

If you experience technical difficulties or do not receive an email and think you meet the eligibility requirements, please contact WVC for assistance.

The newly elected Board members will be officially welcomed at the Annual Member Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 9:00a.

Candidates for Vice-President ...

Select one from the following candidates for the office of Vice-President.

Brian Poteet, DVM, MS


Dr. Poteet earned his DVM and MS degrees at Texas A&M University, followed by a three-year radiology residency at the University of Tennessee in 1994. He is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine. From 1994 to 2010, he was the Director of Diagnostic Imaging at Gulf Coast Veterinary Specialists in Houston, Texas. Currently, Dr. Poteet is the Founder and President of VitalRads, Veterinary Radiology Consultants, based in Cypress, TX. He is an Associate Professor of radiology in the Department of Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at Texas A&M University and is also an adjunct professor of veterinary radiology St. Matthews University, Grand Cayman. Dr. Poteet provides consultation services in all areas of diagnostic imaging including digital radiography, computed radiography, ultrasound, cross-sectional imaging (CT and MRI) and nuclear medicine. He has authored scientific journal articles and chapters in textbooks and has presented at numerous national and international veterinary meetings on topics ranging from ultrasound and digital radiography to computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear medicine. 


William S. Swafford, DVM

Dr. Swafford headshot300x300Dr. Bill Swafford is currently a contract veterinary consultant directing clinical research directly related to the development of animal health biologicals and pharmaceuticals to support product licenses and approvals. He is based near Nashville, Tennessee. A graduate of Kansas State University, Dr. Swafford’s experience includes mixed animal practice in Missouri followed by a career with Pfizer Animal Health. He worked as a technical services veterinarian then progressed through leadership positions of increasing responsibility including Manager of Clinical Development, Director of U.S. Technical Services, Director of Clinical Development, Director of Global Technical Services, and Director of Clinical Operations for Pfizer. Dr. Swafford has extensive involvement in organized veterinary medicine. His contributions include active roles with state VMA’s, WVC Board of Directors, President of the Academy of Veterinary Consultants, and 10 years of service as Executive Director of Academy of Veterinary Consultants. Bill has also functioned in significant roles with key committees for WVC and has served as a scientific session moderator for more than 15 years.




Candidates for Director ...

Select two from the following candidates for the office of Veterinary Director.

Brian Darrow, DVM, BS

DavidDarrow300x300Dr. Brian Darrow received a B.S. in Animal Science in 1979 and a DVM from Iowa State University in 1983. His practice career began in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin and a year later, he moved to his hometown of Anamosa, Iowa where he founded the Anamosa Veterinary Clinic. The clinic has grown to become a thriving 6-doctor mixed practice in Northeast Iowa that attends to cattle and companion animals.

Dr. Darrow was a track athlete at ISU. In 2005 Sharon Korir, the daughter of one of his Kenyan teammates died of rabies subsequent to a dog bite. Moved by her tragic story, Dr. Darrow founded Sharon’s Foundation through a remarkable series of insights and connections (sharonliveson.org). The foundation’s purpose is to provide rabies control in Kenya by vaccinating animals and educating the Kenyan people about the disease. To date, the organization has vaccinated over 400,000 animals and education outreach is ongoing.

Dr. Darrow has also worked to improve milk quality and production for the African people by providing bovine consulting services in Africa through Catholic Relief Services.

Dr. Darrow received the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association’s President’s Award in 2012 for outstanding contributions to veterinary medicine. In 2018, Iowa State awarded him the Alumni Merit Award for ‘outstanding humanitarian efforts that transcend purely professional accomplishments.’

A contributor and leader in his community, Dr. Darrow has served on the Anamosa School Board, on the city council and continues to serve on a regional bank board.

Dr. Darrow has been married to Jill, his high school prom date, since 1979 and has three grown children.

In over three decades as a clinician, WVC has been a foundational feature of Dr. Darrow’s continuing education. Specific and intensive offerings at the Oquendo Center have been transformational in his professional and business development. He would be honored to serve on the WVC board of directors.


Alvin Snyder, DVM, BS

AlSnyder300x300Dr. Alvin Snyder has focused all of his veterinary career on the professional development of veterinarians, growth of veterinary practices and the profession as a whole. He has always had an interest in education, focusing his undergraduate studies on vocational agricultural education and psychology, so working on the board to serve WVC members would be just an extension and further fulfillment of a lifetime commitment.

He grew up and did his undergraduate studies in Wyoming, then received his DVM degree from Colorado State University in 1985. His leadership and entrepreneurial drive and agricultural interests started back in high school where he learned strong leadership skills in the FFA and built up a small herd of cattle. He knew at a young age that veterinary medicine was his passion. At CSU, he served as an officer for SCAVMA, a representative on the curriculum committee and developed an intense interest in computers and in practice management. After graduating from CSU, he worked as an associate, manager, and then owner of practices in the Rocky Mountain states. His interest and drive around computers continued to grow and he took a part-time sales position with Advanced Veterinary Systems in the late 80's. He was soon promoted to General manager and Director of Sales and Marketing in 1991 at which time he moved to Wisconsin. He became a partner in the company in 1994 and in 1997 he and his partners sold the software company to IDEXX. From 2006-2012 he played a key role in the re-design and re-write of the medical records and whiteboard in the Cornerstone software product.

Dr. Snyder's entrepreneurial drive has led him to many fields in addition to veterinary medicine including speaking, shipping, printing, entertaining, consulting and real estate to name a few. He has been on the speaking programs of nearly all major national veterinary meetings and most recently has been doing professional speaking presentations on asset protection, wealth preservation, and estate planning. He likes to spend what little spare time he finds working with youth, helping with camps and conferences, traveling and enjoys most outdoor activities. He currently resides in Eau Claire, WI.


Thomas N. Tully, Jr., DVM, MS, DABVP (Avian), DECZM (Avian), BS

ThomasTully300x300Dr. Thomas N. Tully, Jr. is Professor of Zoological Medicine in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences and also serves as Service Chief of the Zoological Medicine Service, School of Veterinary Medicine, Louisiana State University. Dr. Tully’s academic degrees include BS (Animal Science); DVM and MS (Epidemiology and Community Health) all from LSU. He is also a Diplomate American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Avian) and Diplomate European College Zoological Medicine (Avian).

Following graduation from Veterinary Medical School, Dr. Tully practiced as an associate veterinarian in veterinary hospitals located in southeast Florida and Louisiana before becoming an instructor at the LSU – School of Veterinary Medicine where he participated in a Master of Science Program in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Health. While an instructor and graduate student Dr. Tully would regularly perform relief veterinary duties at private veterinary clinics/hospitals in south Louisiana. Upon completion of his Master of Science degree, he was hired as an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences at the LSU – School of Veterinary Medicine. He has remained on faculty at the LSU-SVM attaining the rank of full professor.

During Dr. Tully’s veterinary career he has been very active in organized veterinary medicine regularly presenting at both scientific and continuing education conferences. He has been selected as a finalist for the WVC Exotic Animal Speaker of the Year twice. Along with speaking at conferences, he has also held leadership positions with a number of veterinary associations listed below: Organizations/Positions 1. AVMA a. NOAH (veterinary clinical website) advisor 1998 – 2007 b. Companion Exotic Animal/Wildlife Program Chair for AVMA Annual Convention 2000 - 2010 2. Association of Avian Veterinarians a. Veterinary School Liaison b. Board of Directors c. Scholarship Chair d. President - 2006 3. European College Zoological Medicine a. Examination Committee Chair b. President – 2013 - 2016 4. Southwest Veterinary Symposium a. Continuing Education Chair b. Board of Managers c. President – 2013 and 2014

Dr. Tully co-edited six books, co-authored one (second edition published) as well as authoring and co-authoring numerous chapters in other veterinary medical texts. Most recently published in January 2016, Current Therapy in Exotic Pet Practice, Mitchell and Tully. He is Co-Editor-In-Chief of the Journal of Exotic Pet Medicine.