The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges awarded the 2012 AAVMC Senator John Melcher, DVM Leadership in Public Policy Award to Lonnie King, DVM, M.S., M.P.A., Dipl. ACVPM, dean of the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Dr. King will receive the award March 10, 2012, at the AAVMC’s Annual Conference in Alexandria, Va.
“Dr. King is an expert in One Health and the emergence of new diseases, who has successfully advocated for important legislation and demonstrated leadership throughout his career in government and academia,” said Bennie Osburn, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP.
King is a professor in the OSU Department of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and holds the Ruth Stanton Endowed Chair in Veterinary Medicine, and previously served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University. He has also served as an administrator and veterinarian for USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, as the first director at each of the Office of Strategy and Innovation at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases.
King has testified on Capitol Hill 11 times, pioneered the “One Health” program at the CDC and originated the National Disease Detection System, which became the U.S. National Animal Health Monitoring System. He is also past president of the AAVMC and serves as AAVMC liaison to the Legislative Advisory Committee of the American Veterinary Medical Association.