One Health Leader Named President of National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (USA)


June 5, 2012—TALLAHASSEE, FL (USA) Florida Department of Health’s (DOH), Dr. Carina Blackmore, was recently appointed as the incoming president of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (SPHVs). The association is made up of state public health veterinarians who are local and state professionals who regularly consult with physicians, emergency rooms, legislators, local officials, schools, health departments and the public on preventing and controlling diseases that humans can get from animals and animal products.


“I am honored to be appointed as the president of this association that provides guidance and service to countless Americans,” said Dr. Blackmore. “Many SPHVs are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to ensure the public receives the highest level of health procedures involving zoonotic disease.


Dr. Blackmore is currently the Department of Health as Bureau Chief for Environmental Health Medicine within the Division of Environmental Health. Dr. Blackmore is also an adjunct professor with the Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathology, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida and with the Department of Global and Environmental Health, College of Public Health and Health Professions. She has been serving as the State Public Health Veterinarian since 2003. In addition to her many roles, Dr. Blackmore recently coordinated a guidance report for investigations of human influenza.


Dr. Blackmore and other DOH experts continue their commitment to public health and visions for a healthier future for the people of Florida.


CONTACT: Florida Department of Health Communications - Jessica Hammonds, (850) 245-4111


NOTE:  Dr. Blackmore, a noted One Health leader, serves on the One Health Initiative autonomous pro bono team’s Honorary Advisory Board