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Wednesday, 13 April, 2016

Senator Franken Honored with Charter “President’s Award for Meritorious Service”

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Senator Al Franken's Legislative Director Ali Nouri accepting the award at the AAVMC 50th anniversary gala.  
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 13, 2016 -- The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) recently awarded its first “President’s Award for Meritorious Service” to Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) in recognition of the leadership role he has taken on Capitol Hill in advancing One Health. One Health is broadly viewed as multiple health disciplines working together to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment.

Senator Franken’s Legislative Director Ali Nouri accepted the award on his behalf during the AAVMC’s recent 50th Anniversary Gala ceremonies in Washington, D.C.

“Senator Al Franken is the leading advocate for One Health on Capitol Hill, and he has led efforts to push the Obama administration to develop a One Health orientation to global health and wellbeing,” said AAVMC Past President and Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine Dr. Trevor Ames. “Having chosen three veterinarians to serve as Fellows in his office, Senator Franken has witnessed first-hand the depth and breadth of knowledge that our profession can bring to today’s global health challenges.”

In presenting the award, AAVMC Past President Dr. Trevor Ames announced that Senator Franken had introduced the national “One Health Act of 2016” in the Senate on the day before the AAVMC's 50th Anniversary Gala event.

“There is a need for increased coordination and collaboration between the human, animal and environmental health sectors at the national level,” said Ames. “Senator Franken has put a much-needed spotlight on this issue and I know that he, more than anyone, is working to establish a path forward for One Health.”

The AAVMC operates a comprehensive annual awards program to inspire and recognize achievement and excellence in education, research and service. The board created the new “President’s Award for Meritorious Service” in 2015 to recognize an individual for a singular achievement or specific contribution in academic veterinary medicine. It will be presented periodically, not necessarily annually.                                                                                          
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