DENVER — Link Welborn, DVM, of Tampa, Florida, received the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) Practitioner of the Year Award on March 20 at the association’s yearly conference in Denver, Colorado. The award is the association’s highest honor and is given for outstanding contributions to the profession and the community.
“Through his steady determination, professional involvement and excellent leadership skills, Dr. Welborn has had a tremendous impact on the quality of small animal veterinary care. His drive has improved the lives of millions of animals,” said AAHA Past Presidents Daniel Aja, DVM, and Dennis Feinberg, DVM, who jointly presented the award.
Dr. Welborn owns four AAHA-accredited veterinary hospitals in Tampa, Florida. He received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine with Honors at the University of Florida, Gainesville in 1982.
Dr. Welborn has been involved with AAHA since 1992, serving in a variety of capacities, including member of the AAHA Board for seven years and President during the 2003-2004 term. He represents AAHA in the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and is currently the Chair of the Accredited Referral Practice Task Force. His service to AAHA also includes chairing the Standards Enhancement Task Force and the Accreditation Program Task Force.
In addition to his AAHA connections, Dr. Welborn has been affiliated with numerous other professional veterinary organizations throughout his career, including the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, National Commission on Veterinary Economic Issues, Veterinary Council for Preventative Healthcare and the Florida Veterinary Medical Association.
The American Animal Hospital Association is an international organization of 6,000 veterinary care teams, comprising more than 36,000 veterinary professionals, who are committed to excellence in companion animal care. Established in 1933, the association is well known among veterinarians for its leadership of the profession and its high standards for veterinary practices and pet health care, particularly its accreditation of companion animal practices. For more information about AAHA, visit the association online at www.aahanet.org.