July 15, 2012



Posted July 3, 2012  

  Dr. Hugh M. Mainzer​   Dr. Renee H. Funk​   Dr. Heather D. Bair-Brake

Three veterinarians received awards from the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps in April at the 61st Annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference in Atlanta.

Dr. Hugh M. Mainzer received the 2012 Veterinarian of the Year Award. He is a captain with the USPHS and chair of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management’s Interagency Talent Management Advisory Council on the Federal Veterinary Workforce. And he was, from May 2007 until October 2011, the Commissioned Corps chief veterinary officer.

Dr. Mainzer has provided career counseling and promotion preparation advice to veterinary officers, recruited veterinarians to the USPHS, responded to public health emergencies, worked on humanitarian missions, helped policymakers understand veterinarians’ contributions to public health, and conducted research and produced publications that have advanced veterinary public health.

Dr. Renee H. Funk received the 2012 Veterinary Responder of the Year Award. She is a commander for the USPHS, and she was honored for serving as a planner, leader, and author in response to emergencies such as the 2010 Deep-water Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic as well as for developing a program to detect, monitor, and control disaster-related health and safety hazards for those responding to emergencies.

Dr. Heather D. Bair-Brake, a lieutenant commander for the USPHS, received the 2012 Junior Veterinarian Officer of the Year Award. She works for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch and was honored for accomplishments such as developing an education program on yellow fever, developing a public health program on appropriate use of antimicrobials in agriculture, drafting the CDC’s first Traveler Health Alert Notice and a CDC Travel Warning in response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, and writing guidance for quarantine station staff on handling radiation-contaminated people, pets, and luggage in response to the March 2011 radiation leak at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Japan.

The AVMA is accepting applications for seats on the Early Career Development Committee through Aug. 15. Applicants must have graduated within the past 15 years. Details are available on the AVMA@Work blog at http://atwork.avma.org by clicking on the topic of “Councils and Committees,” then looking for the entry “New Early Career Development Committee Now Forming.”