(SAN ANTONIO) August 6, 2016—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) presented its 2016 Public Service Award to Dr. David L. Suarez, research leader for the exotic and emerging avian viral disease unit at the Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory, which is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. Suarez received the award during U.S. Army Veterinary Corps 100th Anniversary Celebration at Fort Sam Houston as part of the AVMA Convention. Suarez was recognized for his work to support the control of both the avian influenza virus (AIV) and the Newcastle disease virus (NDV), both infectious viral diseases of birds.
“Dr. Suarez’s work has clearly impacted on our ability to control these viruses and prevent them from becoming more widespread,” said Dr. Joe Kinnarney, AVMA president. “His research has led to the development of a diagnostic test for both viruses that has been heavily used to screen for outbreaks in the United States and in other countries around the world. His influence is also evident in the development and implementation of new vaccine technologies that have been applied worldwide. I congratulate Dr. Suarez on receiving this well-deserved award, and thank him for his many years of outstanding public service and important contributions to veterinary medicine.”
Suarez supervises a unit of seven scientists who research AIV and NDV. They established an active network around the world. Together, they collaborate and study outbreaks around the globe to enhance their understanding of these viruses. This knowledge also better prepares the United States for the likelihood of an outbreak here. He has authored or co-authored more than 160 peer-reviewed articles on these diseases as well as presented on them around the world. Suarez received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in veterinary microbiology from Iowa State University.