American Veterinary Epidemiology Society – July 17, 2023


The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES), now known as the American Veterinary One Health Society (AVOHS), held its annual awards breakfast on July 17 in Denver.


Karl F. Meyer–James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award, sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corp.

Dr. John Kaneene
Dr. John Kaneene
Dr. Jonna Mazet
Dr. Jonna Mazet

Drs. John Kaneene, East Lansing, Michigan, and Jonna Mazet (California-Davis '92), Davis, California, won this award in recognition of their outstanding leadership and career contributions in animal health and human health, in the spirit of One Health. A 1972 veterinary graduate of the University of Khartoum in Sudan, Africa, Dr. Kaneene is a professor of epidemiology and public health and director of the Center for Comparative Epidemiology at Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Mazet is vice provost for grand challenges and a professor of epidemiology and disease ecology at the University of California-Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. She founded the One Health Institute at the veterinary school, where she served as executive director.

Honorary Diplomates, sponsored by Hartz Mountain Corp.

Dr. John de Jong, Newton, Massachusetts; Dr. Conrad Estrada, Brussels, Belgium; Dr. Katherine Flynn, Georgetown, Kentucky; Dr. Nancy Frank, Haslett, Michigan; Dr. Alice Green, Fort Collins, Colorado; Barbara Martin, Ames, Iowa; Dr. Stephanie Mont, San Antonio; Dr. Ade Ojeniyi, Skaevinge, Denmark; Dr. Steven Osofsky, Ithaca, New York; and Dr. Ronald Warner, Lubbock, Texas


The late Drs. Rube Harrington and Peter Schantz were memorialized at the meeting. The AVES approved a change to its name and will subsequently be known as the American Veterinary One Health Society (AVOHS). The change will better reflect its vision of achieving optimal health of animals, people, plants, and the environment through science-based One Health principles; its mission of promoting and advancing the health of animals, people, plants, and the environment using a One Health approach; and its goals of celebrating and honoring accomplished leaders in the disciplines of public health, animal health, plant health, environmental health, and all related fields falling under the discipline of One Health. A biography of Dr. James H. Steele, "Animal Health, Human Health, One Health: The Life and Legacy of Dr. James H. Steele," is sold online and at other booksellers. All proceeds go to the society to help sustain future programs. The society's website can be accessed to follow recent AVES activities, learn about the history of the organization, and make a donation to support programs.


Dr. Karen Becker
Dr. Karen Becker

Dr. Karen Becker, Richmond, Virginia, president; and board members—Dr. Craig Carter, Lexington, Kentucky; Dr. Ron DeHaven, El Dorado Hills, California; Dr. Bernadette Dunham, Hume, Virginia; Keith Goldman, Secaucus, New Jersey; Laura Kahn, MD, El Dorado Hills, California; Dr. Bruce Kaplan, Sarasota, Florida; Dr. Lonnie King, Columbus, Ohio; Dr. John Poppe, San Antonio; and Dr. William Stokes, Apex, North Carolina

A version of this story appears in the October 2023 print issue of JAVMA