Veterinarian Honored For Giving Back to Veterinary Profession, Students & Others
Germinder + Associates has named Arne Zislin, VMD, MBA, Technical Services Manager and Academic Liaison Veterinarian, as the final Germinder20 Power of Pink Honoree of the year to receive the award. Zislin is a former American Association of Feline Practitioners board member and a longtime champion of student mentoring and academic development in both his personal and professional life. He has designated the $1,000 Honoree donation to the International and Immigrant Student Services (IISS) at Johnson County Community College (JCCC). To read more about Dr. Zislin’s story, click here #Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonoree
“I am so thrilled to conclude Germinder’s anniversary year by honoring Dr. Zislin. I can sing his praises to the moon and back about his great counsel to me about complex veterinary issues from the time I launched Germinder + Associates, but it is his passion for helping generations to come find their way – be it future veterinarians or not that I have always admired. His “dogged” persistence to find the funds to develop programs that will make a difference in the lives of so many is to be commended. He brings value, meaning and depth to every relationship, every organization he touches,” said Lea-Ann Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA, President and Founder of Germinder & Associates, Inc.
Dr. Zislin was a technical services manager at Fort Dodge Animal Health when Germinder launched several pharmaceutical and vaccine programs. They worked collaboratively on several strategic initiatives that led to the development of award-winning programs together including a program called “Healthy Cats for Life” with the American Association of Feline Practitioners, one of the early forerunners of feline wellness programs.
“In accepting his Germinder20 Power of Pink honor, Dr. Zislin said, “Lea-Ann and I have known each other and collaborated together for a long time. I am honored to be among my veterinary colleagues that have received this award this year and grateful that the donation will help students who are truly in need. Thank you Lea-Ann and Germinder + Associates.”
Dr. Zislin has twenty-two years experience in the animal health industry with Fort Dodge Animal Health and Boehringer-Ingelheim providing technical support and liaison with key opinion leaders. He has successfully participated in numerous product launches and provided subject matter expertise. Two successful projects of note are his development of an Academic Liaison Program to veterinary colleges and the development of distributorships resulting in significant sales growth and key relationship building in Eastern Europe and in particular in the Czech Republic.
He is a strong advocate of membership in organized veterinary medicine and is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Feline Practitioners (Board of Directors 2019-2014), the International Society of Feline Medicine, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association and the Kansas City Veterinary Medical Association.
Prior to joining industry, Dr. Zislin was a clinician and practice owner/manager of Hammonton Animal Hospital in Hammonton, New Jersey.
Dr. Zislin and his wife have been mentoring students since 1982 when they began hosting high school exchange students in 1982. Their “international family” consists of 15 former students, their families and children from various parts of the world. They have had five “international family reunions” both in the USA and abroad. He and his wife also volunteer for a variety of Kansas City organizations: The Kauffman Center For Performing Arts, The KC Rep, People to People, American Public Square and Refugee & Immigrant Services & Empowerment (RISE), a Kansas City Public Library-sponsored program which has multiple missions, one of which is to connect immigrant populations with English language mentoring services.
Dr. Zislin received his VMD from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Widener University, Chester, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude from Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts.
#Germinder20 #PowerofPinkHonorees were announced this year and given the opportunity to designate a $1,000 donation to be made in their name through Germinder’s 20th Anniversary Fund Giving Back program to a not-for-profit organization of their choice. Honorees named and their designated donations included: Debra Horwitz, DVM, DACVB (donation to: Missouri Humane Society), Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDS (donation to: Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs), Elizabeth Colleran, DVM, MS, DABVP (donation to: Winn Feline Foundation), Dan Richardson, DVM, DACVS (donation to: Stormont-Vail Foundation Care Line), Manolita Moore (donation to: The Pixel Fund), Jen Reeder (donation to: Green Dogs Unleashed) Mary Beth Leininger, DVM (donation to: Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund), Guy Pidgeon, DVM, DACVIM (donation to: Colorado State College of Veterinary Medicine Scholarship Fund), Megan Peters (donation to: KC Pet Project), Julie Lux (donation to: the American Beagle Rescue Network and the Dalmation Club of America Foundation), Amy Shojai (donation to: Cat Writers’ Association), Norita Taylor (donation to: Band of Angels) and Lane Odle (donation to: Sunshine House). The remaining Germinder20 PowerofPink Honorees and donations will be announced in early 2019. Links to personal interviews with each honoree to date are featured here.
#Germinder20 #ThePowerofPink was announced in January 2018 as part of the celebration of Germinder’s 20thAnniversary. The women’s storytelling initiative highlights the founder’s story of breast cancer survivorship and also shines a spotlight on leaders whose stories have touched and inspired Germinder to success. Initial donations were made in honor of Rache Simmons, MD to The Weill Cornell Breast Center at the Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, an integrated, multi-disciplinary care center where Germinder was successfully treated for breast cancer six years ago. Another recipient is the Clara Goy Foundation in memory of Germinder’s brother-in-law, Gene Melleno, a girl’s high school basketball coach who passed away Jan. 1, 2018. Other donations have been made to the Jan Hus Community Outreach Program in honor of Germinder’s immigrant great-grandmother Marie Therese Kacin and to the News Literacy Project.
Germinder + Associates provides communications services for the pet/vet sectors and other niche industries. The woman-owned company was founded by Lea-Ann O’Hare Germinder, APR, Fellow PRSA in Kansas City and has offices in New York City and Kansas City. The company connects and consults with executives in both established companies and organizations interested in entering the vet and pet industries in the U.S.
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