CDC honors two public health veterinarians

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Lt. Adams
Lt. Laura Adams
Lt. Col. Doker
Lt. Col. Thomas Doker

Two public health veterinarians were honored in April for work to prevent disease and support the veterinary profession.

Lt. Laura Adams and Lt. Col. Thomas Doker received the 2018 James H. Steele Veterinary Public Health Award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The awards were given during the annual Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference April 16-19.

Dr. Steele was the first chief of the CDC Veterinary Public Health Division. The award in his name honors current or recent EIS officers for contributions to veterinary public health and one health.

Dr. Adams was honored for domestic and international contributions toward preventing and controlling zoonotic and vector-borne diseases. She is in the U.S. Public Health Service and is the activity lead for the Data Analyses and Data Management group in the Dengue Branch of the CDC Division of Vector-borne Diseases.

Dr. Doker was honored for domestic and international contributions toward prevention and control of high-consequence zoonotic diseases and support of organized veterinary medicine. He is in the U.S. Air Force and is chief of the Infectious Disease and Countermeasures Division in the National Center for Medical Intelligence.