AVMA Presents Meritorious Service Award To Dr. Bruce Kaplan July 24, 2017 The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented its Meritorious Service Award to Dr. Bruce Kaplan ’63, a staunch advocate of the one-health concept, during the organization’s national meeting. The Meritorious Service Award is the AVMA’s highest honor for a veterinarian who has brought honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through personal, professional, or community service activities outside organized veterinary medicine and research. “The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine is proud of Dr. Kaplan’s dedicated service to promoting the concept of one health as a core element of veterinary medicine,” Dean Calvin Johnson said. “We congratulate Dr. Kaplan for his well-deserved recognition.” Dr. Kaplan, who earned his DVM from Auburn in 1963, is a retired veterinarian, formerly a writer, editor, and consultant on public affairs issues. He current devotes his time to promoting the one-health movement along with a collaborative team of human and veterinary medical experts. The one-health concept proposes that human, animal and environmental health is inextricably interconnected. Dr. Kaplan is the primary contents manager for the One Health Initiative website,, and serves as a contributing editor on the editorial board of the One Health Newsletter. He also serves on the scientific advisory board of Veterinaria Intaliana; the editorial advisory board of Infection, Ecology & Epidemiology; and the board of the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society. ... Please read complete article: