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2001 graduate receives Auburn University Young Alumni Achievement Award

August 7, 2012

By Carol Nelson, Office of Communications & Marketing

Dee Jones, a 2001 graduate of Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, was recently named a recipient of one of the university’s 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Awards.

The award, sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs, was created in 2011 to recognize extraordinary accomplishments by members of the Auburn family, age 40 and under. Fifteen recipients were recognized for significant achievement in their professional lives and for distinguished community service.

“Auburn graduates are making significant contributions in a variety of occupations all across the globe, and some of the more interesting stories are happening with our young alumni,” said Debbie Shaw, vice president for alumni affairs at Auburn University. “It’s a great honor to recognize them in this way. Auburn’s future is shining a bit brighter due to the impact made by these impressive individuals.”

Jones received his doctorate of veterinary medicine from Auburn and joined an animal clinic in Cullman, Ala. From 2004-2006, he served the United States Army Veterinary Corp in Ft. Polk, La. as the veterinary medical officer before joining the Alabama Department of Public Health, or ADPH, in 2007. In 2010, he was named Alabama state public health veterinarian and provides professional guidance for the ADPH and Epidemiology Division concerning zoonotic exposures and risks, works closely with the oral rabies vaccination program and works as a liaison between the ADPH and the Alabama Department of Agriculture. He is currently involved in a study to determine the prevalence of various tick-borne disease agents in Alabama.

Awardees were selected for distinguished community service locally, regionally, nationally or globally and for prominence in their business, profession or vocational endeavors.

Contact: Carol Nelson, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (; or Tara Lanier, College of Veterinary Medicine (334) 844-3698 (