Captain Hugh M. Mainzer assumed the post of chief professional officer for the veterinary category of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps on May 1. He succeeds Rear Adm. William S. Stokes.
As chief veterinary officer, Capt. Mainzer is responsible for coordination of veterinary professional affairs for the Office of the Surgeon General and Department of Health and Human Services. He provides guidance and advice to the surgeon general and the Veterinary Professional Advisory Committee on matters of recruitment, retention, career development, and readiness of corps veterinarians.
Captain Mainzer is a supervisory preventive medicine officer and epidemiologist in the Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services at the National Center for Environmental Health, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is commander of a deployable applied public health team. He also holds appointments at the Tufts University veterinary and medical schools.
Captain Mainzer represents the CDC on the AVMA House of Delegates advisory panel. He is a past president of the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians, a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and a fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. He graduated from the Tufts veterinary school in 1990.