Scarfe joins AVMA Division of Scientific Activities

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Dr. A. David Scarfe
Dr. A. David Scarfe

Dr. A. David Scarfe has accepted a position as an assistant director of the AVMA's Division of Scientific Activities. In spring 2000 the AVMA Executive Board approved this additional staff position because of increasing responsibilities and activities in the division.

Dr. Scarfe will be the primary staff consultant to the Aquaculture and Seafood Advisory Committee, and secondary staff consultant to the Animal Agriculture Liaison Committee, Council on Biologic and Therapeutic Agents, Drug Advisory Committee, and Steering Committee on Judicious Therapeutic Antimicrobial Use.

"This position represents a good pull-together of numerous skills and interests in different areas that I have," Dr. Scarfe said. "I am hoping to further the profession by making supposed minor issues such as aquaculture and small ruminant animals into areas of major attention."

He comes to the AVMA from the mid-Atlantic region, specifically Pennsylvania and Maryland, where he was the president of the OVA-CAP Veterinary and Consulting Services for 13 years. OVA-CAP provided veterinary medical, surgical, reproductive, technology transfer, and advisory services, with an emphasis on the livestock, small ruminant, and aquaculture industries. Dr. Scarfe coordinated 15 professional consultants involved with engineering, education, product evaluation, food and aquatic animal medicine, aquaculture, fisheries management, and international import/export of exotic animal breeds.

In addition, Dr. Scarfe has been the president of Chesapeake Shellfish Aquaculture Inc since 1998. The mission of the company is development of economic and ecological recovery of the Mid-Atlantic shellfish industry. "Aquaculture is globally, without a doubt, the next area of enormous expansion for world food production," Dr. Scarfe said.

Dr. Scarfe obtained a BSc degree in zoology/physiology from the University of Natal, Pietermarizburg, South Africa, a PhD degree in marine biology/physiology in 1979 from Texas A&M University, and his DVM degree from Texas A&M University in 1987.

His academic experience includes professor and extension veterinarian at Tuskegee University, associate professor at Langston University in Oklahoma, and assistant professor at Texas A&M University.