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Dr. Bruce Kaplan wins 2012 Karl F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award

August 7, 2012

By Tom McPheron, AVMA Communications Division, 847-285-6781

(SAN DIEGO, Calif.)— Bruce Kaplan, D.V.M., an alumni of Auburn University, has received the 2012 Karl F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award at the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) annual convention.

The AVMA honored some of the nation’s top veterinarians during an awards ceremony at the association’s Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people around the country and the globe. These individuals represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.

The 2012 Karl F. Meyer-James H. Steele Gold Headed Cane Award recognizes the achievement of an individual concerned with animal health who has significantly advanced human health through the practice of veterinary epidemiology and public health.

Dr. Kaplan, a retired veterinarian, received his D.V.M. from Auburn University (1963). He then became an epidemiologist at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (1963-65). He went on to practice small animal veterinary medicine in Louisville, Ky. (1965-87), where he wrote a pet care column for the Louisville Courier-Journal and published several scientific articles on canine and feline medicine/surgery in veterinary medical journals.

Dr. Kaplan worked as a USDA-FSIS regional public affairs specialist in California and staff officer at the Office of Public Health and Science in Washington, D.C. (1994-98). As an editor/writer/public affairs consultant in Sarasota, Fla., his current home, he wrote a pet care column for the St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times, now Tampa Bay Times (1999-2001). He has co-authored two food safety chapters in American Society of Microbiology books and a food safety column for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Dr. Kaplan, a recognized One Health leader, currently devotes his time to promoting One Health as a member of the autonomous pro bono One Health Initiative team (two physicians, two veterinarians, one research scientist) co-writing numerous professional publications and book chapters. He is primary content manager for the One Health Initiative Web site, contributing editor on the editorial board of the One Health newsletter and serves on Veterinaria Italiana Journal’s Scientific Advisory Board and the Infection, Ecology & Epidemiology Journal’s (Sweden) Editorial Advisory Board.

Listed in 2011 and 2012 Marquis Who’s Who in America, Dr. Kaplan’s awards include the AVMA’s Practitioner Research Award and USDA’s Group Honor Award for Excellence and an Honorary Diploma from the American Veterinary Epidemiology Society.

For more information, please visit www.avma.org. The AVMA, founded in 1863, is one of the oldest and largest veterinary medical organizations in the world, with more than 82,500 member veterinarians worldwide engaged in a wide variety of professional activities. 


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