Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and a professor in the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, received the 2011 American Veterinary Epidemiology Society Karl F. Meyer/James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award.

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Dr. Craig Carter

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) honored some of the nation's top veterinarians during an awards ceremony held July 19 at the association's annual convention in St. Louis, Mo. In making the announcement the AVMA stated, "Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people around the country and the globe. These individuals represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice."

This annual award recognizes and honors the achievements of an individual who has significantly advanced human health through practicing veterinary epidemiology.

Carter received his veterinary and doctoral degrees from Texas A&M University and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He worked at Texas A&M until 2005 when he joined UK as a professor of epidemiology in the Department of Veterinary Science and the College of Public Health. During his 30-year career he has been a leader in developing novel epidemiological surveillance, outbreak cluster detection, decision support, and laboratory information systems.

Carter currently has more than 200 scientific publications and presentations and two books to his credit, including the James H. Steele biography completed in 2009, the proceeds of which benefit student scholarships at the University of Texas School of Public Health. He was named Kentucky Veterinarian of the Year in 2009 and Texas Specialty Veterinarian of the Year in 2004.

Currently president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Carter has held several leadership positions in veterinary organizations. In addition, he has been the executive director of the World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians since 2001, overseeing the planning of five international veterinary conferences in conjunction with the World Organisation for Animal Health.

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Kathy Johnson is the news bureau deputy director in the Department of Public Relations at the University of Kentucky.

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