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Thursday, 15 February, 2018

AAVMC Names Recipient of 2018 Melcher Leadership in Public Policy Award

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Washington, D.C., February 15, 2018 –
The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has named Dr. James A. Roth, the Clarence Hartley Covault Distinguished Professor in Iowa State University's (ISU) College of Veterinary Medicine, as the recipient of the 2018 Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award.

The award, established in 2007, is presented to current or former faculty, staff, or students at an AAVMC member institution to recognize leadership in public policy that advances veterinary medical education and success in advocating for veterinary medical education on a national or international scale.

Dr. Roth’s career has focused on improving veterinary medical education and public health related to animal health, public health and food security. He directs the Institute for International Cooperation in Animal Biologics, working with the veterinary biologics industry, government regulatory and research agencies, universities, veterinarians, and producers to improve the availability and use of biologics for animals worldwide.

He also developed a nationally and internationally recognized Veterinary Biologics Training Program that trains employees and government officials on the United States Department of Agriculture’s regulatory process. Under Dr. Roth's leadership, the Center for Food Security and Public Health was established at ISU with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The center works to increase national preparedness for accidental or intentional introduction of disease agents that threaten food production and/or public health.

"Award winners like Dr. Roth represent the very best of what thousands of outstanding educators and researchers bring to their work every day in our member institutions,” said AAVMC Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. “We’re pleased to be able to recognize Dr. Roth for his outstanding achievements and contributions through our awards program and look forward to honoring him publicly during our 2018 annual conference.”

Beginning in 2000, he led the development of an online course on emerging and exotic diseases for veterinary students that is part of the USDA’s initial accreditation process for new veterinarians. Since

2011, more than 30,000 people have taken the course. He is currently working on developing global online training about animal disease outbreaks in English, Spanish and French.

Dr. Roth has served on numerous federal advisory panels, including the Interagency Weapons of Mass Destruction Counter Measure Working Group, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Blue Ribbon Panel on the Threat of Biological Terrorism Directed Against Livestock, and the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity.

He is the recipient of the USDA APHIS Administrator’s Award for contributions in Animal Health and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.

In nominating Roth for the award, Dr. Patrick Halbur, ISU’s Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Interim Dean of Veterinary Medicine, described him as a respected subject matter expert who has often used his expertise to influence public policy and advocate for veterinary medicine and public health. When U.S. animal health faces serious problems, “Dr. Roth is often on the top of the list of people to consult with to develop the best science-based tools and solutions and associated policy to solve the problem,” he wrote.

Dr. Roth earned his master’s and doctoral degrees in Veterinary Microbiology and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM), all from Iowa State University.

His award will be officially presented during the AAVMC's 2018 Annual Conference and Assembly, March 2-4, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, D.C.

The AAVMC is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Australia and Mexico.
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