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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

  7/23/2017

 Dr. Valerie Ragan awarded 2017 AVMA Public Service Award for Leadership in Public Health and Education

Dr. Valerie Ragan(INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana)—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has named Dr. Valerie Ragan recipient of its 2017 Public Service Award. This award is given annually in recognition of outstanding public service or unusual contributions to the practice or science of public health and veterinary medicine. Ragan, who received the award during AVMA Convention 2017 in Indianapolis, is recognized for her outstanding achievements in disease control and eradication, and her leadership in public health education.

"Dr. Ragan is a crucial leader in the sphere of public service and public health education," said Dr. René Carlson, AVMA past-president, AVMA Director of International Veterinary Affairs, WVA President, 2014-2017. "With irrefutable passion and expertise, Dr. Ragan has led the way in improving public health across the globe through the control and eradication of infectious diseases, such as brucellosis. In addition, she has committed herself to inspiring, guiding, and mentoring the next generation of public health veterinarians through her work as Director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine. I congratulate Dr. Ragan on receiving this well-deserved award and I thank her for her exceptional contributions to the practice, policy, and education of public veterinary medicine."

Dr. Ragan is internationally recognized as a leader in the practice and policy of brucellosis control and eradication. She spent many years in service to the USDA, where she held a variety of positions, including Assistant Deputy Administrator, Senior Staff Veterinarian and National Brucellosis Epidemiologist, and Area Epidemiology Officer in Tennessee, where she oversaw the state's achieving brucellosis-free status. For nearly 30 years Dr. Ragan has practiced, trained, and developed policy in collaboration with professionals around the globe and across North America on the topics of disease control and animal health programs. She is a sought-after educator both nationally and internationally on the importance of animal disease surveillance and the benefits of well-designed control programs, and she continues to lend her expertise to a variety of individuals and organizations, such as the National Academies of Science's National Research Council to control brucellosis in the Greater Yellowstone Area. Dr. Ragan is the recipient of many industry honors and awards, including the USDA's Certificate of Appreciation, Certificate of Merit, and the USDA Secretary’s Group Honor Award for Excellence. In 2009 Dr. Ragan was selected as Director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM) at Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (VMCVM) where she continues to serve today. She is well known for offering mentorship and guidance to individuals looking to begin or transition into a career in public practice.

Visit avma.org/Awards for more details on the AVMA's Veterinary Excellence Awards program.​

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