AVMA notes staff achievements

Published on February 15, 2009
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Three AVMA staff veterinarians are being acknowledged for their professional achievements.

Dr. Demaree
Dr. Angela J. Demaree
Dr. Heather C.F. Case
Dr. Heather C.F. Case
Dr. Hoang
Dr. Christine N. Hoang

Dr. Angela J. Demaree, an assistant director of the Governmental Relations Division, was commissioned as a captain in the Army Reserve Veterinary Corps. Dr. Heather C.F. Case, an assistant director of the Scientific Activities Division, became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Christine N. Hoang, also a Scientific Activities assistant director, was certified in public health by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.

A 2002 graduate of the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Demaree joined the AVMA's Washington, D.C., office in 2007 and handles a range of legislative and regulatory issues, including animal welfare, aquaculture, and the environment.

"It is truly a privilege and an honor to serve my country and my profession as a captain in the United States Army Veterinary Corps. As a profession, we are facing a critical shortage of veterinarians; I look forward to doing my small part as an American and as a veterinarian," Dr. Demaree said.

Before coming to the AVMA, Dr. Demaree was a GRD extern and worked at a companion animal practice in Illinois. She was also an associate at a Standardbred racetrack and completed a surgical internship at an equine sports medicine and surgery practice in Grove City, Ohio.

Dr. Case earned her DVM degree in 1998 from the University of Minnesota. At the AVMA, she has been instrumental in coordinating response efforts during hurricanes and other emergencies, and has created a disaster preparedness video to help pet owners protect their pets in a disaster.

"I believe the challenges I faced in earning board certification and the credibility of being an ACVPM diplomate will help me better direct disaster preparedness efforts at the AVMA," Dr. Case said.

Dr. Case holds a master's of public health and has worked as an equine veterinarian in Minnesota. She also served on an AVMA-sponsored federal Veterinary Medical Assistance Team, which included a deployment to New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

In 2008, a year after graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Hoang earned an MPH degree. She has interned for the Food and Agriculture Organization in Vietnam and with the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Dr. Hoang was part of the charter class of professionals to earn the new certification in public health. The credential was introduced in 2008 to set new standards for public health medicine.

"As a veterinarian focused on food animal medicine and trained in zoonotic disease, epidemiology, and population medicine, I was excited to explore this new opportunity and to expand my knowledge of the close ties between animal and human health," Dr. Hoang said.