PEOPLE - AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association) names Dr Ron DeHaven executive vice-president:
Dr Ron DeHaven is to become executive vice-president of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). He has been with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service arm of the US Department of Agriculture since 1979 and for the past three years has served as administrator. He will succeed Dr Bruce Little, who has been the AVMA executive vice-president since 1996 and will be retiring later this year. AVMA president Dr Roger Mahr said: "I have a great deal of respect and admiration for Dr DeHaven's global perspective on the continuing convergence of animal health, human health and ecosystem health. This global perspective makes him uniquely qualified to serve as executive vice-president." Dr DeHaven was awarded the Secretary's Honor Award in 2003 and 2004 for his handling of chronic wasting disease and bovine spongiform encephalopathy in the country, and also received the AVMA's Meritorious Service Award for his contributions to the veterinary profession.