The Army is combining some veterinary and human health operations within the next two years.
The Army Veterinary Command and the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine will merge to form the U.S. Army Public Health Command as part of a larger reorganization of the Army's medical services, an Army press release states. The command will implement a one-health approach to some of the Army's public health missions, and is scheduled to be operational by October 2011.
Brig. Gen. Timothy K. Adams, current Army Veterinary Corps chief and commander of the Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, will lead the combined agency.
"It is a tremendous opportunity to integrate, synchronize, and standardize best practices to optimize delivery of public health services across the force," Brig. Gen. Adams said in the release.
Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker, Army surgeon general, said in the release that the combined command is intended to improve provision of critical public health capabilities for the Army and improve the health of soldiers, their families, civilian Army employees, and military retirees while ensuring the fulfillment of responsibilities for veterinary services. The document also states that some animal care, food safety, and food defense missions will be assigned to medical treatment facilities with preventive human medicine services.