American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians


Virtual meeting, October 15, 2020


AAFSPHV Vet of the Year
Awarded each year in recognition of a veterinarian’s excellence in food safety and public health in veterinary medicine, this award is presented to veterinarians around the world in recognition of their exceptional work in protecting and maintaining public health before, during, and after Covid19 pandemic. During the pandemic, veterinarians play an important role in many ways, such as: Supporting the diagnostic capacity of health services by performing high throughput testing of human COVID-19 samples; Donations of personal protective equipment and ventilators; Developing effective public health interventions and assistance in tracking and monitoring diseases in humans and animals; continue to ensure the security of our food supplies while finding solutions and responding to the impact of the pandemic on our food production systems; and providing basic care for both pets and farm animals while taking reasonable precautions to protect the health of patients, customers, and veterinary staff.


The AAFSPHV briefed members on the organization’s history, membership, continuing education plans, the student outreach program, strategic planning, and a new collaborative partnership with the National Association of Federal Veterinarians, the United States Animal Health Association, and the American College of Veterinary Preventive medicine.

Dr.  DeBonisDr. Donna DeBonisDr.  DemareeDr. Angela Demaree


Drs. Donna DeBonis, Oak Harbor, Washington, President; Angela Demaree, Indianapolis, President-elect; Catherine Alexander, Fort Collins, Colorado, Admissions Secretary; Kelly Vest, Blackwell, Oklahoma, Treasurer; Jennifer Koeman, Seattle, former president; Katherine Waters, Denver, executive vice president and AVMA deputy delegate; Kristen Obbink, Ames, Iowa, AVMA delegate; and directors – Dr. Roger Murphy, Raleigh, North Carolina; Van H. Brass II, Phoenix; Renee Funk, Atlanta; Mike Gilsdorf, Sykesville, Maryland; Kristen Obbink, Ames, Iowa; and Pamela Abney, Millsboro, Delaware

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