Press Release January, 2009


Book Signing Announced for Jim Steele Biography

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Meeting, Seattle, 2009


Dr. Craig N. Carter, author of One Man, One Medicine, One Health—the James H. Steele Story and Dr. Cynthia Hoobler, editorial assistant, hereby announce a book-signing to be hosted by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) at the AVMA meeting in Seattle this July.  Dr. Steele will meet and greet attendees at the ACVPM booth in the exhibit hall and will personally sign any book that is purchased.   All proceeds of book sales will benefit the Steele Endowed Lecture Series and the James H. Steele Professorship of Epidemiology at the University of Texas, School of Public Health, Houston, Texas.  


Dr. Steele founded the veterinary division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1947.  He then boldly introduced the principles of veterinary public health to the U.S. and countries all around the globe.  His outstanding achievements have helped the world to realize higher standards of living through a better understanding of the epidemiology of diseases shared by animals and man.   As a U.S. Public Health Service officer, he became the first Assistant Surgeon General for Veterinary Affairs and later was appointed as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health & Human Services at the rank of Admiral (two stars).   He has received numerous awards over his illustrious career to include the Surgeon General’s Medallion in 2006, presented by SG Richard H. Carmona.  He is the only veterinarian to ever receive that prestigious award.


The biography begins with Jim’s birth and scrappy childhood in Chicago and takes the reader through his formal education, early work experiences and on through to his retirement from CDC in 1971.   Family and personal experiences are weaved into the story to include real-life adventure, success, tragedy and humor.  After leaving CDC, Dr. Steele began a prominent second career as a Professor of Environmental Health at the University of Texas, School of Public Health.  There he compiled and edited the world’s first comprehensive series of books on diseases shared by animals and man, the CRC Handbook Series on Zoonoses.  At the ripe young age of 95, he continues to lecture, consult, mentor, advise, write, and inspire.  The story of Jim Steele’s life is stirring to us all, in and outside the allied health professions.  He is a true pioneer in the evolving philosophy of One Medicine, One Health, One World.  He has been called by many of his colleagues The Father of Veterinary Public Health.


For those who cannot attend the AVMA meeting in Seattle, please watch for Dr. Steele’s biography on coming soon.


Questions:  Contact Dr. Craig N. Carter, 859-253-0571 (office), 859-433-5472 (cell) or email to