First Physician in History to Serve on American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) Board

May 1, 2017 -- The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society’s (AVES) President and Executive Director, Dr. Craig N. Carter formerly announced today that Dr. Laura H. Kahn accepted an appointment serving on the AVES board of directors.  Dr. Kahn will be the first physician in the history of AVES to serve on the board.  Kahn received the AVES’ highest honor, the prestigious “Gold Headed Cane” award at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) annual meeting/convention in San Antonio, Texas (USA) on August 8, 2016  She is a co-founder of the One Health Initiative team (2006-7) and website (October 2008)  

Dr. Carter also announced the inclusion on the AVES Executive Board of the prominent and extraordinary veterinarian, Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, a retired CEO and Executive Vice President of the AVMA.  DeHaven retired from his position with AVMA in 2016.  Prior to that he spent more than two decades with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most recently as the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administrator and chief veterinary officer for the United States.  DeHaven was also a recipient of the AVES Gold Headed Cane Award on August 8, 2016.

With the additions of Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP and W. Ron DeHaven, DVM, MBA, the AVES board is now comprised of President Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD, Immediate Past President, Charles O. Thoen, DVM, PhD, Past President, Lonnie King, DVM, MS, MPA, Saul T. Wilson, DVM, MPH, Bruce Kaplan, DVM, and William Stokes, DVM 

About these recent appointments, Dr. Carter said, “we  are extremely proud to announce that these two new Board members were appointed during our last meeting on April 18, 2017.  Dr. Ron DeHaven’s many years of creative and strong governmental and AVMA leadership experience will be extremely valuable in furthering the goals and mission of the AVES.”  Carter noted that, “physician Dr. Laura Kahn, is a co-founding member of the One Health Initiative and has recently released a book entitled One Health and the Politics of Antimicrobial Resistance published by the Johns Hopkins University Press which explores the realities of how antimicrobial resistance poses a major risk to both human and animal health”.  Carter said, “Kahn’s devotion to the One Health philosophy makes her a perfect fit to serve on the AVES Board of Directors.  Both DeHaven and Kahn will significantly help in our goals of improving animal health, human health, epidemiology and One Health.”