New International Pet and Animal Transportation Association Board Begins Term

The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) hosted its annual meeting in Madrid, Spain this October where their incoming Board of Directors was announced including David Landers, DVM, owner of AirVets Pet Relocation Dallas, TX
Dr. David Landers DVM, Owner of AirVets Pet Relocation
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Dec. 5, 2012 - PRLog -- As part of its ongoing commitment to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport, the International Pet and Animal Transportation
Association (IPATA) hosted its 36th International Conference in Madrid, Spain from
October 20-23, 2012. The conference brought together 195 pet shipping professionals from 37 countries including David Landers, DVM, local owner of AirVets Pet Relocation in Dallas, TX, who will be serving on the incoming Board of Directors. The Board has been announced and will now begin serving the association. “The conference in Madrid was extraordinary!” says Sally Smith, who now serves as Past President on the Board of Directors. “With attendees from across the globe, it provided networking opportunities for pet shipping professionals that can’t be found anywhere else. We are already looking forward to next year in Las Vegas.”

Introducing the IPATA Board of Directors:  

President:  Manuel Leunda, Las Lunas / Argentina
President Elect:  Derek Huntington, Capital Pet Movers / USA
Past President:  Sally Smith, Airborne Animals / USA
Secretary:  Jeni Redmond, / USA
Treasurer:  Simon Jackson, Dogtainers / Australia

ASIA     Danny Burkandt, Jetpets Animal Transport / Australia
MIDDLE EAST/AFRICA  Dean Emin, Global Paws / South Africa
EUROPE  Marcel Brozius, Ace Pet Moving / Switzerland
Colette Robe-Hughes, Goldenway Int’l Pets / France
THE AMERICAS  Jack Russo, Bobbi’s World / USA

Lisa Meador Schoppa, Starwood Animal Transportation Services / USA
Dr. David Landers, AirVets Pet Relocation / USA
Kay Wissenbach, GK Airfreight / Germany

Assistant Regional Directors will also be appointed. They will be responsible for working with the Regional Director in their region and developing more interaction with members and addressing industry concerns within the region.  

“IPATA members provide the highest standard of care for animals, providing constant attention to their security, safety and well-being,” says Manuel Leunda, IPATA President. “I am honored to lead an organization composed of members truly dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and small animals during transport.”

IPATA thanks the departing officers and directors whose terms have expired. Their
selfless donation of time, financial resources and expertise during their tenure is greatly appreciated.  

About AirVets Pet Relocation:
Dr David Landers and AirVets Pet Relocation is a member of The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, Inc. (IPATA),a non-profit, worldwide trade association for animal handlers, pet moving providers, kennel operators, veterinarians and others who are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport. The organization was founded in 1979. It began with six founding members and now has more than 325 members in over 70 countries. IPATA serves its members, the pet transport industry, and the public at large.

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