AVMA Convention (Indianapolis, Indiana -USA) Press Release RE: July 22, 2017   2017 American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Veterinary Profession Presented to One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team Member “(INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana)—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented Dr. Bruce Kaplan with its 2017 Meritorious Service Award. This award is given annually in recognition of an individual who has brought public honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through service outside the scope of organized veterinary medicine. Kaplan, who received the honor at AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to and support of the One Health Initiative. ...” Please read complete article at: or (also attached) See audio-video with Dr. Kaplan accepting AVMA Meritorious Service Award at AVMA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana: <2 minute audio-video: A link to view the award video acceptance is below. You will need to enter the password to view and listen to it which is kaplan. password: Kaplan Note: At the presentation ceremony, the awardee’s principal nominator, Dr. Charles O. Thoen (DVM, PhD) was quoted by AVMA President Dr. Tom Meyer... partially paraphrased in brackets [] plus direct comments from AVMA Convention 2017V10.pdf:  “[Prior to Dr. Charles Thoen’s untimely death on May 8 of this year], Dr. Thoen wrote of his friend and colleague: As one of the world’s most significant leaders of the One Health movement, Dr. Kaplan has been instrumental in placing the veterinary medical community in a positive light more so than any other veterinarian in the U.S. or internationally that I know of since the late James H. Steele.  Both have championed the One World-One Medicine-One Health concept together and separately with remarkable results.”  Recent Recipients’ list of AVMA Meritorious Service Award: