Governor appoints Craven to state veterinary medicine board
Houston County Courier
By Lynda Jones
Governor Rick Perry recently appointed Dan Lee Craven, DVM, a native of Houston County, to the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners (TSBVME). Local residents say they are excited to have local representation on the state board. "This is so good for Crockett," one caller to the Houston County Courier said. Craven joins five other practicing veterinarians and three public members who comprise the board. Each member serves a six-year term. Craven graduated from the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1995. In 1997, he purchased the Crockett Veterinary Hospital from Dr. Max Harkins, who had owned and operated the clinic since 1949. In his spare time, Craven can be found at Houston County Lake with his family. He also enjoys hunting, golfing and having fun with his family and friends. The goals of the TSBVME board and its staff are to ensure that "Texans are effectively and efficiently served by quality veterinary professionals by setting clear standards for professional conduct, by assuring compliance with the rules of professional conduct and the community standard of care, and seeking solutions to issues that strengthen the profession and protect the public," according to the TSBVME website. At the local level, Craven strives "to treat our clients as we would treat our families, and to treat our clients' pets as though they were our own. Our clients and patients are the heart of our practice and the reason we are here. At all times our clients and patients will be treated with respect, dignity and compassion." The Texas State Board of Veterinary Medical Examiners operates under the authority of Chapter 801, Texas Occupations Code. The Veterinary Licensing Act, along with the Board, was created in 1911. The purpose of the Board is to protect the public by ensuring that persons entering the profession meet minimum academic and examination requirements.