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AKC Appoints Dr. Jerry Klein Chief Veterinary Officer



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The American Kennel Club (AKC) has appointed Jerry Klein, DVM, as its chief veterinary officer.

 Dr. Klein has more than 35 years of experience in veterinary medicine and serves as the supervising veterinarian at the Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center.

In his role as chief veterinary officer, Klein will act as the AKC’s official spokesperson and policy leader for all current and future health commitments of the AKC.

In addition, he will serve as the nonprofit’s main authority on canine health, veterinary policy and initiate relevant wellness campaigns.

“We are proud to welcome Dr. Jerry Klein to the AKC in his new consultancy role,” said Dennis Sprung, president and CEO, AKC. “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."

He is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Society as well as The Afghan Hound Club of America and Fox Terrier Club of Chicago.

Klein has also been a licensed judge for the AKC for 30 years, judging on both the national and international levels.

The AKC is a nonprofit organization based in New York that maintains the largest registry of purebred dogs in the world and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in the U.S.

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