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World Pet Association Appoints President



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World Pet Association (WPA) has appointed Jacinthe Moreau as its new president. Moreau has broad international experience in the animal health industry. Her career trajectory, which includes a variety of roles at companies such as Vetoquinol, Merial, Merck, VetSource and VCA Animal Hospitals, has prepared her to lead WPA, according to WPA officials. Moreau will formally join WPA at the end of October. 

“I could not be happier to welcome Jacinthe to the WPA family,” said Doug Poindexter, retiring WPA president. “Her business acumen will be a tremendous asset to WPA. Her thoughtful eye and keen understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing multiple groups within the pet industry will help key stakeholders work together to ensure the continued success of our industry. I am confident that I am leaving WPA and the pet business community in capable, strategic and considerate hands.”

In her position at VCA Animal Hospitals—a network comprised of more than 800 hospitals—Moreau was responsible for the development and launch of the company’s private brand of pharmaceuticals, parasiticides and derm products. She also spearheaded VCA e-commerce service to consumers, making it easier for pet owners to care for their pets. She created and led a team of marketing consultants to help veterinary hospitals across the country become more successful. Her recent role leading the VCA Wellness Plan division illustrates her abilities to push teams and businesses towards lasting success, according to WPA officials. In an additional expression of her leadership abilities and compassion towards animals, Moreau previously launched a non-profit organization to raise awareness and funds to combat pet cancer.

“The WPA board took great strides to ensure we were selecting a leader who would continue to advance our mission of creating a thriving industry and a healthy and happy world for the pets it serves,” said Michael Twain, chairman of the WPA board of directors. “Jacinthe is a natural leader, an open collaborator, an effective communicator and a passionate advocate for the health and happiness of companion animals; we know this from her nine years as a WPA board member. We could not be more pleased that she has agreed to serve in this new capacity.”

Moreau will attend the Aquatic Experience at Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill., November 3-5; the Atlanta Pet Fair & Conference at the Georgia International Convention Center in Georgia, March 8-11, 2018; America’s Family Pet Expo at the OC Fair and Event Center in Costa Mesa, Calif., April 27-29, 2018; and SuperZoo at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, June 26-28, 2018 with education June 25-27.

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