Dr. Lonnie King Named Dean Effective September 1

Dr. Lonnie KingDr. Lonnie King has been appointed dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine effective September 1, 2009, pending approval by the Board of Trustees.

Dr. King was most recently the director of the Center for Disease Control's new National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases (NCZVED). In this position, Dr. King lead the center's activities for surveillance, diagnostics, disease investigations, epidemology, research, public education, policy developement, disease prevention and control programs. NCZVED also focuses on waterborne, foodborne, vector-born and zoonotic diseases of public health concern, which includes most of the CDC's select and bioterrorism agents, neglected tropical diseases and emerging zoonoses. Before serving as director, Dr. King was the first chief of the agency's Office of Strategy and Innovation.

Dr. King became the 11th dean of the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1996, and served for 10 years. He was the chief executive officer for academic programs, research, the teaching hospital, diagnostic center for population and animal health, basic and clinical science departments, and the outreach and continuing education programs. As dean and professor of large animal clinical sciences, Dr. King was instrumental in obtaining funds for the construction of a $60 million Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health, initiated the Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases in the college, served as the campus leader in food safety and provided oversight for the National Food Safety and Toxicology Center. He brought the Center for Integrative Toxicology to the college, and was the university's designated leader for counter-bioterrorism activites for his college, and was involved in re-establishing public health programs at Michigan State Univeristy.

Prior to this, Dr. King was the administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C., where he provided executive leadership and direction for ensuring the health and care of animals and plants, improved agricultural productivity and competitiveness, and  contributed to both the national economy and public health. Dr. King has served as administrator of APHIS since October of 1992, and prior to that time was associate administrator. He served as the country's chief veterinary officer for five years, and worked extensively in global trade agreements within NAFTA and the World Trade Organization.

Dr. King's full biography

The Ohio State University news release

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About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State

Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.