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 Dr. Bruce Kaplan receives 2017 AVMA Meritorious Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Veterinary Profession

Dr. Bruce Kaplan(INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana)—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented Dr. Bruce Kaplan with its 2017 Meritorious Service Award. This award is given annually in recognition of an individual who has brought public honor and distinction to the veterinary profession through service outside the scope of organized veterinary medicine. Kaplan, who received the honor at AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis, was recognized for his outstanding contributions to and support of the One Health Initiative.

"For more than 10 years, Dr. Kaplan has been, without a doubt, one of the world’s most significant leaders in the One Health movement," said Dr. Tom Meyer, AVMA president. "His absolute commitment to the advancement of animal, human, and environmental health is evident in his tireless efforts and many years of pro bono service to this initiative. In addition, his work has been instrumental in advancing the image of the AVMA and indeed, placing the entire veterinary medical community in a positive light. I congratulate Dr. Kaplan on receiving this well-deserved award and I thank him for his leadership and profound dedication to the One Health Initiative."

Dr. Kaplan began his veterinary career practicing small animal medicine and surgery for 23 years. Throughout this time and subsequently, he held prominent positions in a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Public Health Service Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS). In 2006 Dr. Kaplan co-founded the One Health Initiative Autonomous Team and in 2008 he launched the One Health Initiative website (​​). Kaplan is a prolific writer and sought-after educator both nationally and internationally on the subjects of veterinary medicine, epidemiology, public health, and One Health. He serves on a variety of public health committees and boards, and has received many industry awards, including the AVMA's Practitioner Research Award, the USDA's Group Honor Award for Excellence, and the American Association of Public Health Physicians’ (AAPHP) Presidential Award for Meritorious service. Dr. Kaplan currently serves as primary Content Manager/Editor for the One Health Initiative website. One Health is an international movement to forge communication and collaboration among all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment. The initiative is endorsed by nearly 100 scientific organizations and 1,000 prominent scientists, physicians, and veterinarians in over 55 countries.

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