CVMA officers assume new roles

CVMA officers assume new roles

AVMA President Dr. Douglas Kratt conducted a ceremonial installation of officers for CVMA’s 2020-2021 Board of Directors during a virtual CVMA membership meeting on December 6, 2020.

Historically, CVMA’s officers assume their positions during the membership meeting held during the annual CVMA convention. With this year being different with no in-person convention in September, CVMA’s new officers officially took their new roles during a virtual board meeting on October 8. The December 6 installation of officers was a ceremonial celebration rather than an official transfer of role and responsibility.

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CVMA Board of Directors 2020-2021:

    • Jackie Christakos, DVM | President
    • Ashley Ackley, DVM | President-elect
    • Stacee Santi, DVM | Immediate Past President
    • Steven Dick, DVM | Secretary/Treasurer
    • Kelly Walsh, DVM | Secretary/Treasurer-elect
    • Rebecca Ruch-Gallie, DVM | AVMA Delegate
    • Curtis Crawford, DVM | AVMA Alternate Delegate

Will French, DVM, transitioned off the board during the October 8 meeting. CVMA board and staff applaud him for his service and leadership!

Meet the 2020-2021 CVMA president

Jackie Christakos, DVM | President

Littleton Equine Medical Center
Littleton, CO

Dr. Jackie Christakos grew up in southern Illinois and became passionate about horses early, beginning with riding lessons at age 10 and progressing to eventing at preliminary level before moving to Colorado in 2004 to begin her undergraduate education. Dr. Christakos completed her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees at Colorado State University. She then completed her internship at Littleton Equine Medical Center after graduation, where she still works. She became certified in Equine Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in the spring of 2014. Dr. Christakos has focused her continuing education on musculo-skeletal imaging and advanced lameness courses. Her areas of focus at LEMC are lameness/sport horse practice and musculo-skeletal ultrasound but she also enjoys general practice, acupuncture, and emergency field work. Dr. Christakos has been an FEI treating veterinarian since 2015 and gained her status of FEI Official Veterinarian in Eventing in 2018. She also has served on the CVMA Board of Directors since 2017. When she is not working, Dr. Christakos enjoys riding her thoroughbred gelding, hiking 14ers, snowboarding, and hanging out with her husband, Ty, their dogs, and her daughter Levi.