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Link Welborn, DVM, DABVP (Past AAHA President)

Co-Owner, Tampa Bay Vets, Tampa, FL

Dr. Link Welborn is the owner of four AAHA Accredited small animal hospitals in Tampa, Florida, and is a past president of the American Animal Hospital Association. A diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, certified in Canine and Feline practice, he earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine with honors from the University of Florida in 1982.

Dr. Welborn has served in numerous leadership roles with AAHA and AVMA.

These include serving as Chairman of the AAHA Task Forces that produced:
The most recent major enhancements and revisions to the Standards of Accreditation for primary care small animal practices
The first Standards of Accreditation for small animal specialty practices
The 2011 Canine Vaccination Guidelines Dr. Welborn was also a member of the AAHA/AVMA Task Force that developed the Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines for the Partners for Healthy Pets initiative.

He is a former member of the Board of Directors of NCVEI, is currently a member of Veterinary Management Group 1, and the Vice President and Chairman of the Strategic Opportunities Committee of Veterinary Study Groups.

He is the AAHA Delegate to the AVMA House of Delegates and the Chair of the AVMA Economics Strategy Committee and chaired the AVMA Workforce Advisory Group that was responsible for the 2013 Veterinary Workforce Study.

Dr. Welborn has received the AVMA President's Award, AAHA Practitioner of the Year Award, University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni Achievement Award, and Florida Veterinary Medical Association Veterinarian of the Year Award.

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