The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation of Veterinary Board Jan. 31 elected Indian American Dr. Jagjit “Jack” Brar as its president during a meeting at the Chicago-based Thompson Center.
Brar, of Palos Hills, previously served as the board president in 2014 and has been a member of the board for the past seven years.
As board president, Brar will be tasked with handling complaints of consumers against animal health workers and veterinarians as well as passing new rules and regulations regarding the welfare of animals, according to a news release.
There are more than 4,000 veterinarians in the state of Illinois, overseen by the seven-member board.
Brar received an M.S. in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota in 1979. While at the university he was inducted into the Phi Zeta Gamma honor society.
Over the last 20 years he has been active in various regional and state veterinary organizations. He was president, vice president and secretary of the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association, one of the largest regional associations in the country, according to the news release.
Brar was also the executive board member of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association for three years, as well as serving as a member of the Cook County Executive Council of the University of Illinois extension from 2005-2013 and the nomination committee chair for four years.
He has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 50 years and has been working in Chicago for 36 years. He owns Dorchester Animal Hospital and Palos Pet Clinic.
He has received numerous meritorious service awards from the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association and Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association and by the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine Alumni, the news release said.
Additionally, Brar writes for local newspapers on pet-related subjects and has appeared on television many times regarding veterinary topics.