NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Kennel Club (AKC®) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jerry Klein to Chief Veterinary Officer.
Dr. Klein brings with him over 35 years of experience in the Veterinary field. Currently, he is the Supervising Veterinarian at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center. He is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society, as well as The Afghan Hound Club of America and Fox Terrier Club of Chicago. Dr. Klein has also been a licensed judge for The American Kennel Club for 30 years, judging on both the national and international levels.
In his role as Chief Veterinary Officer, Dr. Klein will act as the AKC's official spokesperson and policy leader surrounding the preexisting and enhanced health commitments of the AKC. He will serve as the organization's principle authority on canine health, veterinary policy and initiate relevant wellness campaigns. Dr. Klein will report to Jim Crowley, Executive Secretary.
"We are proud to welcome Dr. Jerry Klein to the AKC in his new consultancy role," said Dennis Sprung, President and CEO. "Jerry's demonstrated expertise in canine health and dedication to the health and welfare of our trusted companions will be a valuable asset to our organization. I look forward to his many important contributions."
About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a not-for-profit organization which maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the United States. The AKC is dedicated to upholding the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs and breeding for type and function. Along with its more than 5,000 licensed and member clubs and its affiliated organizations, the AKC advocates for the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and well-being, works to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred dogs are held under AKC rules and regulations each year including conformation, agility, obedience, rally, tracking, herding, lure coursing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and earthdog tests. Affiliate AKC organizations include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite and the AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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