2017 ACVO Slate of Officers

Regent - Dr. Dineli Bras, Candidate for Regent
Regent - Dr. Kohle Hermann, Candidate for Regent

   Dr. Dineli Bras

   (Nominee for the ACVO Board of Regents, 1 of 2)

   Dr. Ines Dineli Bras graduated from Purdue University in 1995. In 2000, she received her
   Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University. Dr. Bras
   completed an internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Louisiana Veterinary
   Referral Center in 2001. From 2001 to 2004 she completed a residency in Comparative
   Ophthalmology at The Ohio State University in conjunction with her Master's of Science
   Degree focusing on the canine lens and posterior capsular opacification after cataract
   surgery. While at Ohio State, Dr. Bras was the recipient of the hospital service award for
   her dedication to patients and clients.

   Dr. Bras is a Diplomate and board-certified member of The American College of
   Veterinary Ophthalmologists. She is the past-president of the American College of
   Veterinary Ophthalmologists Vision for Animals Foundation, served as president for 4
   years, and as a board member for 10 years. She is an international speaker, and has
   participated in seminars in the United States, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Romania,
   Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, England, and Ireland. Dr. Bras is a member of
   the AVMA, and the CMVPR.

   Dr. Bras' special interests in ophthalmology include cataract and glaucoma surgery. Dr. Bras has developed the endolaser surgical approach and technique in canine and feline patients.

   Dr. Kohle Hermann
   (Nominee for the ACVO Board of Regents, 2 of 2)

   I started my journey as a veterinarian after graduating from Texas A & M
   University in 1970. My next three years were spent at the Animal Medical Center in
   New York City as an intern, resident in medicine, finally heading
   one of the medical services and working with Drs. Seth Koch and Carol
   Szymanski. Following my New York stay, I was fortunate enough to go to
   Colorado State University as a clinician and work with Dr. Glen Severin.
   There were three of us interested in ophthalmology and we began to acquire
   some knowledge in the specialty. After leaving CSU in 1974, I went into
   private practice in Houston, Texas developing a practice (Gulf Coast Animal Eye Clinic)
   devoted to ophthalmology and started taking referrals. In 1976, I became a diplomate of
   the ACVO.

When Texas A & M needed an ophthalmologist in 2012, Dr. Jim Swanson and I spent a day each week teaching the students in clinics while Dr. Mary Belle Glaze did the lectures. We continued this until 2015. It was very enjoyable and learning the academic side was enlightening.

I am married to a wonderful woman, Mary, who has put up with me for 38 years. Our son, Jamie, is a resident in ophthalmology at the University of Florida. I am looking forward to becoming a "Father/Son Team" when he returns to Houston to join our practice. In my spare time, I do some mentoring, cooking, and if lucky, I get to do some fly fishing.

What experiences and skills do I bring to the BOR that will enhance the leadership of our college?
Seeing that more of our diplomates are going into private practice, I may be able to lend some advice as to the needs and wants in a practice. Having served twice on the examination committee and once on the genetics committee gives me some insight into what our members have learned and done. We have extremely good workers within the college. Their goals to make the public aware of our specialty have been a benefit to all of us. I hope to continue their endeavors and improve our recognition in the public arena. As we expand our membership, I want to be available to listen to each one, as all of us have something to contribute.