(DENVER, Colorado) July 27, 2014—This week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) awards Gale Galland, DVM, MS, DACVPM, of the Nonhuman Primate Import Quarantine Program, the 2014 AVMA Public Service Award.
During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Denver, July 25-29, the AVMA honors some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during several events and ceremonies. Each recipient is dedicated to improving the lives of both animals and people across the country and around the globe. These determined recipients represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.
The AVMA Public Service Award is given annually to recognize an AVMA member veterinarian for long-term outstanding public service or unique contributions to the practice or science of public health and regulatory veterinary medicine. Galland receives the award during the American Veterinary Medical Foundation Partners & Impact breakfast at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, July 27, in the Centennial Ballroom GH in the Hyatt Regency Denver.
Galland was a commissioned officer for 21 years with the United States Public Health Service, working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a variety of positions, including staff veterinarian in charge of malaria vaccine trials. She attained the rank of captain and eventually took charge of the CDC’s laboratory animal program.
After more than a decade there, she joined the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine Zoonoses Team, which is responsible for preventing the importation of animals and animal products that pose a threat to human health. She retired from the United States Public Health Service in 2013.
Utilizing her expertise with nonhuman primates, Galland founded the Nonhuman Primate Import Quarantine Program, overseeing importation of these animals for science, education or exhibition. She became the lead for the Zoonoses Team and remains with the program on a part-time basis.
Board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Galland graduated from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986 and worked as a clinical veterinarian for two years before moving into a research position at Rhone Merieux. In addition to her work with the Nonhuman Primate Import Quarantine Program, she is a part-time clinical veterinarian in private practice.