Abilene Veterinarian to Serve as President of State Association

Contact: Dawn Noufer,
Communications Associate
Texas Veterinary Medical Association
8104 Exchange Drive
Austin, Texas 78754
Phone: 512/452-4224
Fax: 512/452-6633


AUSTIN—Abilene veterinarian Russell Ueckert, DVM, was installed as the 2015 President of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (TVMA) at its Annual Conference on February 28. As the newly appointed president, Dr. Ueckert will lead the Executive Committee in upholding the constitution and bylaws of TVMA as the association strives to protect and promote the profession of veterinary medicine.

A San Angelo native and 1992 graduate of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Ueckert practices in Abilene, where he co-owns and practices at five veterinary clinics—Big Country Veterinary Clinic, Ridgemont Veterinary Clinic, Anson Veterinary Clinic, Dearing Veterinary Clinic and Abilene's Emergency Veterinary Clinic. He first became involved with TVMA’s leadership in 2005 as a member of its Board of Directors. “I believe there are two major benefits to membership in TVMA—representation and collegiality,” Dr. Ueckert said. “TVMA is the voice of veterinarians in Texas. Membership allows you to be a part of that voice and to benefit from the strength of that voice.”

Now that he has reached the culmination of his 10 years of service to the TVMA Board of Directors, Dr. Ueckert plans on making his presidency as successful and productive as possible for the association and for the veterinary profession. “TVMA leads the profession by being a voice in the state legislature, providing quality education for veterinarians and veterinary technicians and by educating the public on animal related issues,” Dr. Ueckert said. “As part of a team of my colleagues from across the state, I will rely on the collective wisdom of that group to make the best decisions for my profession.”

Dr. Ueckert is preceded by Tracy Fant Colvin, DVM, of Southwest Texas Veterinary Medical Center in Uvalde, Texas, who led the association in 2014. “Dr. Ueckert is a passionate veterinarian who loves his profession,” Dr. Colvin said. “His leadership skills, ability to work through problems and create solutions, as well as his good listening skills, make him a great candidate for this job.”

Each year, the members of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association gather at the Annual Conference to participate in veterinary continuing education, recognize those in the veterinary field who have excelled throughout the year and inaugurate the association’s leadership. Dr. Ueckert, along with the other members of the TVMA Executive Committee, were installed in positions they will hold throughout 2015.

About The Texas Veterinary Medical Association

Founded in 1903, the Texas Veterinary Medical Association is a professional association composed of more than 3,700 veterinarians committed to protecting public health, promoting high educational, ethical and moral standards within the veterinary profession and educating the public about animal health and its relationship to human health. For more information, call 512/452-4224 or visit