Henderson joins Scientific Activities Division

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Dr. Kristi Henderson joined the AVMA staff in May as an assistant director in the Scientific Activities Division. She brings a range of government, private practice, and academic experience to the Association.

Dr. Henderson
Dr. Kristi Henderson

The 1996 graduate of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine previously worked as a veterinary medical officer with the Veterinary Services branch of the Agriculture Department's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and with the Food Safety and Inspection Service.

With APHIS, Dr. Henderson was responsible for studying the epidemiology of chronic wasting disease in Minnesota and was the CWD liaison to producers, hunters, tribal nations, research facilities, laboratories, and state and federal agencies. Dr. Henderson assisted in the writing and implementation of plans for managing CWD in farmed cervids. Her other primary tasks involved working on import and export issues as well as conducting federal accreditation sessions.

Later, she worked with the private and public sectors in New Mexico on domestic and foreign animal disease surveillance, control, and eradication, including emergency preparedness and response.

Dr. Henderson also served on APHIS task forces addressing exotic Newcastle disease, vesicular stomatitis, CWD, and tuberculosis.

During her time as an FSIS veterinary medical officer, Dr. Henderson was an acting circuit supervisor in the Chicago district and inspected slaughter facilities to ensure industry compliance, public health, and humane handling of livestock.

In addition to her career with the federal government, Dr. Henderson was a visiting teaching associate at the UI College of Veterinary Medicine in what is now known as the Farm Animal Reproduction Medicine section within the Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine and spent eight years in private practice treating food animals and companion animals.

"I feel privileged to serve the AVMA as an assistant director, a position to which I bring a strong agricultural background, diverse clinical and regulatory experiences, and an eager heart," Dr. Henderson said. "This position affords me the opportunity to share my insights and learn from others as we constantly strive for advances within veterinary sciences and professions, public health, and animal agriculture."