It was my pleasure to work with Dr. Charles Lemme during his tenure on the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association’s Board of Directors and during his term as an officer of the IVMA. Chuck always thoughtfully prepared for topics to be considered by the IVMA. He has continuously showed knowledge, vision and forethought on items of importance for our profession.
I was honored to work with Chuck at the local, state and national levels of organized veterinary medicine for many years. He worked collaboratively with other leaders to advance the profession. Dr. Lemme is well respected by his colleagues throughout the state, and is recognized as an honest, forthright and hardworking professional who has the best interest of the profession as his number one priority. Iowa has been well represented by Dr. Lemme in the AVMA House of Delegates. Chuck’s dedication to the profession is evidenced by his involvement at the local, state and national levels of organized veterinary medicine.
Chuck recognizes the importance of cooperation amongst the varying interest of the profession and has represented the entire profession while serving in leadership roles of organized veterinary medicine. He also recognizes the importance of legislative advocacy for the veterinary profession.
I encourage you to join me as I proudly cast my ballot for Dr. Chuck Lemme for AVMA Executive Board representative for District 7.
Dr. Tom Johnson
“When Chuck Lemme and I worked together representing Iowa veterinarians in the AVMA House of Delegates, he was always prepared. Chuck did his homework on the issues, carefully reading and considering any unintended consequences of policy decisions. It was evident his years of experience on various AVMA, AAHA, and IVMA entities made him an active listener and well-respected leader. He takes time to gather a variety of perspectives before sharing his own expertise. These character traits, and his caring personality, are exactly what I want representing our profession on the AVMA Board.”
Danelle Bickett-Weddle, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM
AVMA Delegate (2008-2016)
I have had the privilege and honor of knowing and working closely with Dr. Charles A. Lemme since 2005. As a past chair of the Clinical Practitioners Advisory Committee (CPAC) and two-year chair of the Council on Biologics and Therapeutic Agents (COBTA), I had the pleasure of working with Chuck on a number of committees and assigned tasks.
Dr. Lemme was highly esteemed as the CPAC representative for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA). In this role, Chuck provided accurate and effectual advice/recommendations to the CPAC and COBTA throughout our multiple terms of office. He was always well versed in the latest pharmaceuticals and biologicals as well as their proper uses. This made him a valuable resource in biological and therapeutic agent policy discussions.
Chuck was well networked among his fellow practitioners and colleagues within the AAHA. Further, he was very well known and highly respected within the AVMA community. This same honor and respect followed him when he served in the House of Delegates. When he spoke, it was from a viewpoint of someone who was also a highly successful owner/manager of a companion animal veterinary hospital in Iowa, e.g., advice from a veterinarian with first-hand, grass-roots, heartland practice knowledge and experience.
Chuck was always balanced in his presentations and pragmatic in his approaches; consequently, he was often asked to chair or co-chair those issues of more intense debate. His logistical and trusted approaches had a calming effect for successful team dynamics which enabled him to be a highly effective facilitator of consensus positions. Many of these final decisions were eventually ratified to become the official AVMA position as well as the recommended practice for our collective and yet very diverse veterinary profession.
It is important to point out that Chuck's communication skills, both verbal and written, were consistently impressive. When he spoke, fellow Committee and Council members would listen - very helpful in joint meetings when forward motion was needed. When drafting, and finalizing documented verbiage for our official Committee and Council positions, Dr. Lemme was the "go-to person" as our best editor and chief.
Through the years, Chuck has remained an esteemed colleague, a trusted adviser, and a dear friend. if ever given the opportunity to speak on his behalf, I would be proud to do so with great confidence and conviction. Leaders like Chuck are rare gems and of great value when found - especially when allowed to serve and support our great profession!
Mark D. Wood, DVM
I have had the pleasure of working with Dr. Lemme through different leadership and committee roles in the IVMA for the last 15 years. I have admired his attention to detail, incredible insight, institutional memory, and unwavering dedication to organized veterinary medicine. He has a vast amount of experience and perspective from his involvement at the local, state, and national levels of organized veterinary medicine, in addition to his many years of practice experience. Chuck has been an inspiration to me personally, and I believe embodies everything our profession needs in leadership as we navigate the challenges ahead.
Bill Williams, DVM
MU Class of 1995, Past President IVMA
As a new member of the IVMA leadership team, I have been grateful for Dr. Chuck Lemme’s leadership and advocacy. My first awareness of Dr. Lemme was during the 2008 flooding of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He stepped in to provide services to the emergency animal shelter that served the many families displaced by the floods in his city. This is one of countless examples of his selflessness, attending to the needs of the people and animals in his community in a time of instability. Dr. Lemme brings good humor and humanitarian perspective to all activities. His reasoning is sound and well-measured, always delivered with humility and honesty. I have always enjoyed interacting with Dr. Lemme in his roles as a leader, practicing veterinarian, and fellow member of the IVMA.
Amanda Fales-Williams, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP
1995 Missouri University
2018 Vice President, Iowa Veterinary Medical Association