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Ottawan takes leadership role in state veterinarian association

Donald Brainard
Donald Brainard

Dr. Donald A. Brainard has been selected to be the director of education for the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association. 

Prior to this position, he graduated from veterinary school at Iowa State University and owned a mixed practice in Arkansas before moving to Ottawa 16 years ago. He served on the Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association Board of Directors for seven years, including as its president. Most recently, he worked with Dr. Kim Novak at Novak Brainard Veterinary Clinic/Novak Rinker Veterinary Clinic. 

“I am still looking for ways to improve the veterinary profession, and as the director of education for our association, I feel I can continue to improve the lives of animals and their care into the future," he said.

Brainard has been active in many organizations such as Streator Rotary Club, First United Methodist Church, Chamber of Commerce, Optimist, Toastmasters, Boys Scouts and Pet Project. He also is working toward an MBA as a graduate student at Kansas State University.

He is married to Dr. Ginger Brainard, a local school and child psychologist, and they have two children: Adam, who is a meteorologist in Calgary, Canada, and Karis, who is a student in Kansas City, Mo.

The veterinary medical association is a not-for-profit professional association based in Springfield. The group's mission is to advance the well-being of the veterinary profession, animals, the public and the environment. Established in 1883, its 2,700 members include veterinarians, certified veterinary technicians and veterinary students.

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