The Catskill Mountain Veterinary Medical Association was formed in January, 1944 when Dr. Maynard H. Mires became the first president. Meetings were held quarterly and membership was open to any registered veterinarian.
In the 1940s the summer “clambake” was held at Chenango Lake, arranged by Drs. O.P. Jones and Floyd Tice. In 1951, Dr. Louis Juliand of Greene, NY was made an honorary member. He graduated from Cornell in 1900 and at that time was one of the oldest practitioners in the state.
In 1970, two Catskill Mountain members, Drs. Kenneth and Jane Benson, spent a year in Ghana, Africa, to instruct the natives in veterinary medicine and the association sent books and periodicals to help them educate local community residents. In 1971, the association devoted six consecutive Monday evenings to instructing high school students about the benefits of a veterinary profession.
The Catskill regional was very active in establishing the first Eastern International Veterinary Practitioner Workshop in Syracuse. Its members have played an important role in veterinary affairs throughout the years.
Today, the Catskill Mountain VMA has more than 50 members. David C. Leahy, DVM represents the Catskill Mountain VMA on the Executive Board of the New York State Veterinary Medical Society.