Kentucky Diagnostic Center Director Honored at Army Retirement Ceremony

Craig Carter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, director of the University of Kentucky Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, was recognized during a retirement ceremony March 22 at the Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, Fla., for his 42 years of military service.

During the ceremony, Carter, who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in June 1967, was awarded the Legion of Merit and Joint Service Commendation Medal for his service.

The Legion of Merit was awarded to Carter for exceptionally meritorious service in positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in a 30-year career as Veterinary Readiness Advisor, Army Reserve Medial Command. The Joint Service Commendation Medal was awarded to Carter for distinguishing himself by exceptionally meritorious service as Veterinarian, Task Force Ramadi, Iraq, from April through July 2008.

During periods of inactive status with the army, Carter received his master’s degree in epidemiology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Texas A&M University.

After graduation, Carter opened a general veterinary practice in Texas. In 2005, Carter accepted a position as professor of epidemiology with the University of Kentucky and joined the 332nd Medical Brigade in Nashville, Tenn., as the brigade veterinary staff officer. Soon he was selected to succeed Colonel Bill Brown as the veterinary readiness advisor at AR-MEDCOM, Pinellas Park, Fla., where he assisted and advised several veterinary units in preparation for overseas deployments.

In early 2008 Carter deployed to Camp Ramadi, Anbar Province, Iraq, as the Joint Forces Command Senior Veterinary Advisor. In this assignment, Carter traveled throughout Iraq evaluating veterinary laboratories and writing funding proposals for infrastructure capacity building.

In civilian life, Carter has been very engaged internationally as a consultant to the Department of Defense, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and US AID. His travels have included Iraq, Kuwait, Jordan, China, Thailand, Australia, Uruguay, Nicaragua, and Ethiopia, where he delivered lectures and participated in nation-building activities.

In spite of heavy professional commitments and extensive travel requirements, Carter has remained committed to his community and has been active in community service. A high point of his community service occurred when he chaired the committee that constructed the Brazos Valley All-Wars Veterans Memorial in College Station, Texas. The memorial was dedicated by President George H.W. Bush on Nov. 22, 2002.

In 2007 Carter accepted the position of director of the Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center at the University of Kentucky. The center provides diagnostic support for more than 3,000 animal hospitals in Kentucky and throughout the United States. The LDDC has the highest equine caseload worldwide. 
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