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NYS Veterinary Medical Society honors Magee

Assemblyman first to receive organization’s Star Legislator Award

Assemblyman William Magee, second from right, is presented the first NYSVMS Star Legislator Award by the Dean of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Kotlikoff,  left, NYS Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine, and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Kathryn Boor Ph.D., Thursday, Aug. 25.

Assemblyman William Magee, second from right, is presented the first NYSVMS Star Legislator Award by the Dean of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Michael Kotlikoff, left, NYS Agriculture Commissioner Darrel Aubertine, and Dean of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University Kathryn Boor Ph.D., Thursday, Aug. 25. Julie Lawton

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society is recently presented its first Star Legislator Award to Assemblyman William Magee on Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Hall of Veterinary Health at the New York State Fair.

The NYSVMS established its Star Legislator Award in March 2011 to honor a state legislator who has demonstrated a strong commitment to working with the NYSVMS to assure the protection and well-being of animals, and safeguard the veterinarian’s professional scope of practice.

Assemblyman Magee received an imprinted and sculpted star award, and a $500 donation will be made in his name to the NYSVMS Scholarship, which annually benefits a veterinary student at the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, in Ithaca.

This scholarship support is particularly appropriate, given Magee’s record of support for higher education and the need to preserve funding and student financial aid programs, as well as the fact that he graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics in 1961.

In 1990, after 19 years of service to the Town of Nelson on the Madison County Board of Supervisors, Magee was elected to the New York State Assembly to represent District 111, which comprises all of Madison County and parts of Oneida and Otsego counties. Assemblyman Magee is a hard-working and well-regarded legislator on agricultural issues and has served as chairman of the Assembly Agriculture Committee since 1999.

Assemblyman Magee said he understands the many challenges that face the profession of veterinary medicine and, with the NYSVMS, recognizes that overzealous animal protection legislation can negatively impact responsible animal owners, the animals they care for, and the pets they love.

His outstanding leadership has assisted his colleagues in making informed decisions about animal issues using facts and scientific data from experts in veterinary science and animal husbandry.

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society salutes Magee’s strong, knowledgeable, and long-standing leadership on issues vital to veterinary medicine. Protecting the health and welfare of animals and safeguarding the veterinarian’s role as the expert in providing the best quality of veterinary care help ensure the health of the animal population of our state.

The New York State Veterinary Medical Society represents the more than 3,500 licensed veterinarians in the state and is the recognized voice for veterinary medicine in New York State.

Aaron David Ward is Senior Association Manager for NYSVMS. He can be reached at (800) 876-9867 or aaronward@nysvms.org.

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