First Woman President of the AVMA to Speak at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine's 2009 Graduation

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Mary Beth Leininger, D.V.M., will speak at Ross University's 2009 graduation ceremony at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

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We are excited to welcome such a well-known and respected individual to our commencement ceremony and look forward to her speaking to our students as they prepare to embark on their veterinary careers

Ross University is pleased to announce that Mary Beth Leininger, D.V.M., will speak at its 2009 graduation ceremony at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on Friday, June 5.

Dr. Leininger is widely known as being the first female president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, a position she held from 1996-1997.

"We are excited to welcome such a well-known and respected individual to our commencement ceremony and look forward to her speaking to our students as they prepare to embark on their veterinary careers," said Dr. David DeYoung, dean of Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Dr. Leininger joined Hill's Pet Nutrition in 1999 as director of professional affairs, a position from which she will retire in April. She received her veterinary medical degree from Purdue University, and for more than 30 years was co-owner of Plymouth Veterinary Hospital, an American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA)-accredited hospital in Plymouth, MI.

Dr. Leininger has been president of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association and the Southeastern Michigan Veterinary Medical Association, and has received numerous awards from veterinary and professional organizations, as well as from the veterinary schools at Michigan State University and Purdue University. Her most recent honors include being elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in Veterinary Medicine in the National Academies of Practice, and receiving an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue University and a Midwest Region Service Award from the American Animal Hospital Association.

About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
Ross University was founded in 1978 and is a provider of medical and veterinary education, offering doctor of medicine and doctor of veterinary medicine degree programs. Located in St. Kitts, the School of Veterinary Medicine has graduated more than 2,200 students over the last 27 years. The School of Medicine is located in Dominica, West Indies, with clinical education centers in Saginaw, MI, Miami, FL, and The Bahamas.

Ross University's administrative offices are located in North Brunswick, NJ. For more information about Ross University, visit http://www.RossU.edu or call 732.509.4600.

Contact:        Rebekah Herbison 732-509-4600 x2695

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