The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently recognized Bruce L. Akey, DVM, MS, as the 2016-2017 APHIS Administrator’s Award recipient. Dr. Akey is the director for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL).
Each year APHIS presents the Administrator’s Award during the joint meeting of the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD). The award is presented to a USAHA or AAVLD member whose contributions have had a significant and enduring impact on animal health in the US.
Dr. Akey was recognized by USDA for his leadership in a number of key areas. His service in regulatory medicine as a state animal health official, as well as his many years as a diagnostic laboratory director in three different states, has given him a unique perspective and understanding of both the regulatory and laboratory challenges involved in protecting animal health, public health and the food supply. His interest and expertise in information technology and informatics has contributed to implementation of innovative and improved technologies, systems and practices in animal disease surveillance and the information and analytic systems that support those efforts. He has been instrumental in disease detection and eradication response efforts involving avian influenza, Johne’s disease, and chronic wasting disease. His knowledge of veterinary diagnostic methods and technologies led to his selection as co-chair the National Animal Health Laboratory Network’s (NAHLN) Methods Technical Working Group and the NAHLN Coordinating Council. Dr. Akey has co-chaired multiple AAVLD and joint USAHA/AAVLD committees over the years, including the AAVLD Government Relations Committee since its inception 17 years ago. He is a Past President of the AAVLD and a 2004 recipient of the E. P. Pope Memorial Award from the organization.
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