Ohio State alumnus named AAVMC Executive Director

ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN VETERINARY MEDICAL COLLEGES (AAVMC) NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAMMC) has named Dr. Andrew Maccabe as its new executive director, effective May 15, 2012. Dr. Maccabe is currently employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Emerging, Zoonotic, and Infectious Diseases. He serves as CDC’s liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he coordinates policy and programs between the two agencies. Prior to his appointment with the CDC, Dr. Maccabe served as Associate Executive Director at AAVMC where he led national programs in veterinary medical education.

“I’m energized by the challenges we face and excited by the opportunities we have to advance veterinary medical education,” said Dr. Maccabe.  “The colleges are training the next generation of veterinarians who will lead our profession tomorrow. Thirty years from now, they will be practicing in ways that few of us can even imagine today.”  

An alumnus of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 1985, Dr. Maccabe just became a member of the Capital Campaign Committee in the college. This group advises the College Advancement Team on strategy for the upcoming fundraising campaign, scheduled to kick off in early October. The goal of the campaign is to raise $92 million by 2016 to support student scholarships, renovations, research studies, and other important programs across the college and Veterinary Medical Center.

Veterinary medical education is changing as more opportunities are opening in new areas such as food safety and security, animal health and welfare, public health, epidemiology, and research. The North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium (NAVMEC), recently released the Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible, which recommended emphasizing the importance of the One Health concept, an initiative which Dr. Maccabe is uniquely qualified to champion. The AAVMC One Health philosophy accepts the inextricable connection between human and animal health and the need to safeguard both.

Put into practice, the One Health approach fosters collaborations and the free flow of information among multiple, interrelated fields: medicine, public health, environmental studies, and agriculture. Dr. Maccabe emphasizes that “veterinary medical colleges conduct the biomedical research that provides the scientific foundation for the profession and improves our understanding of human and animal health.”

Dr. Maccabe began his professional career in Jefferson, Ohio where he worked in a mixed animal veterinary medical practice with primary emphasis on dairy herd health. In 1988, he was commissioned as a Public Health Officer in the U.S. Air Force where he managed the preventive medicine activities of several Air Force installations and directed programs in occupational health, communicable disease control, food safety, and health promotion.

Dr. Maccabe received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees from The Ohio State University in 1981 and 1985, respectively. He completed his Master of Public Health degree at Harvard University in 1995 and his Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude, at the University of Arizona in 2002.

Dr. Maccabe succeeds Dr. Bennie I. Osburn, who has served as interim executive director since 2011.

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INFORMATION PROVIDED BY AAVMC

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include all 33 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, 12 international colleges of veterinary medicine, and three affiliate members. On the Web: http://www.aavmc.org

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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.