The NAVC Welcomes Bob Lester, DVM, AS 2023-2024 Board President

ORLANDO, FLJAN. 30 – Bob Lester, DVM, assumed the position of NAVC Board President for 2023 - 2024 on January 17, 2023. After six years serving on the NAVC Board of Directors, Dr. Lester took the reins from Harold Davis, Jr., BA, RVT, VTS (Emergency Critical Care) (Anesthesia and Analgesia) at the NAVC’s annual business meeting held in conjunction with its largest event of the year, the Veterinary Meeting & Expo (VMX).

Dr. Lester is the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer for WellHaven Pet Health, a family of companion animal general practices that believe in caring for the caregivers so that they can care for others. WellHaven Pet Hospitals are both newly built full-service American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) hospitals, acquired, and joint venture affiliate practices.

Bob Lester 2023 Board President

Dr. Bob Lester

“The success of VMX 2023 is just the start. The future of NAVC and our profession is bright. 2023 is going to be our best year ever,” Dr. Lester said during the NAVC Board of Directors transition ceremony at VMX 2023.

Dr. Lester was on the founding leadership teams at Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine and Banfield Pet Hospitals. His early career was spent as a small-town mixed animal practice owner in Sweet Home, Oregon.

In addition to his service on the NAVC Board, Dr. Lester serves on the boards of Pet Peace of Mind, the Veterinary Innovation Council, and the Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine Advisory Board.

His family includes his wife Crystal, daughters McKenzie and Paige, and two rescue Yorkie’s Jessie and Woody.

Members of the NAVC Board of Directors for 2023-2024 are: Bob Lester, DVM,  President; Harold Davis, Jr., BA, RVT, VTS (Emergency and Critical Care), (Anesthesia and Analgesia), Immediate Past President; Karen Kline, DVM, MS, DACVIM (Neurology), President Elect; Sally Haddock, DVM, Vice President; Christine Navarre, DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM), Treasurer; Crystal Chrisler; Geraldine Diethelm, DVM, CVA; Jason W. Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT; Tammy Michau, DVM, MS, MspVM, DACVO; Mark Russak, DVM, CVJ; Jonathan R. Townsend, DVM, PhD.

About the NAVC

The North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and advancing veterinary professionals worldwide. The world’s leading provider of veterinary continuing education, the NAVC delivers essential training, tools and resources for veterinary professionals to stay abreast of advances in animal medicine and provide the best medical care for animals everywhere. Through its commitment to innovation and excellence, the NAVC has developed a diverse portfolio of products and services, including: educational events, headlined by VMX, the world’s largest, most comprehensive continuing education conference and launchpad for new products and innovations within the veterinary industry; a robust digital platform for virtual learning and engagement; the veterinary industry’s largest and award-winning portfolio of trade publications; and an advocacy arm which unites the veterinary community and pet lovers. The NAVC was founded in 1982 and is headquartered in Orlando, FL. Since 2017, the NAVC has been recognized annually as one of the Top Workplaces by the Orlando Sentinel. To learn more about the NAVC’s products and brands, visit To see our schedule of upcoming events, visit


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