(SCHAUMBURG, Illinois) Aug. 20, 2020—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) today honored Dr. Mo Salman as the winner of the 2020 AVMA Public Service Award.
The award, established in 1968, was proposed by the Council on Public Health to recognize an AVMA member veterinarian for long terms of outstanding public service or contributions to the practice or science of public health and regulatory veterinary medicine.
“Dr. Salman has made a wealth of contributions globally to veterinary science through research and education, as well as an active member of professional organizations,” said Dr. Doug Kratt, president of the AVMA. “His extensive body of work, both as a faculty member and as a veterinarian working with multiple federal and international agencies, reverberates through the world.”
Dr. Salman, DVM, MPVM, PhD, is a professor of Veterinary Preventive Medicine in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University.
His professional interests have focused on surveillance and survey methodologies for animal diseases, with emphasis on infectious diseases. At Colorado State University, Dr. Salman founded the Animal Population Health Institute, whose members brought expertise in veterinary epidemiology, bacteriology, internal medicine, food animal and equine infectious disease, biosafety/biosecurity, pre-harvest food safety, zoonotic diseases, clinical testing, and biostatistics.
Dr. Salman has created an enduring legacy through landmark changes in global veterinary preventive medicine, including emerging animal diseases, epidemiology and food safety.
Many of his activities stabilize and rebuild national animal health programs in countries such as Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Middle East, East Africa, Georgia and Armenia. Last year, Dr. Salman facilitated the International Memorandum of Understanding between the China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center (CAHEC) and CSU, which opened doors to technical collaborations.
Following his veterinary medical training overseas at the University of Baghdad, Dr. Salman pursued advanced studies in preventive veterinary medicine (MPVM) and comparative pathology (Ph.D.) at the University of California Davis.
Dr. Salman has received numerous awards in recognition of his contributions, including a Fulbright Scholarship, the Jefferson Science Fellowship from the U.S. Department of State, and the USDA's Abraham Lincoln Service Award.
“His contributions to the education of veterinary and graduate students, as well as to regulatory activities associated with animal disease prevention and control, are numerous and far reaching,” said Dr. Sue VandeWoude, DVM and director of Colorado State University’s One Health Initiative.
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