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Lonnie King named Vet of the Year

Dr. Lonnie King was honored with the 2014 Veterinarian of the Year award at the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association's annual Midwest Veterinary Conference. Dean of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. King received the association's highest honor in recognition of his contributions to the field of veterinary medicine spanning more than four decades.

Outgoing President of the Ohio Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), Dr. David Koncal, presented the award to Dr. Lonnie King. "His resume of achievements is long and remarkable," Dr. Koncal said when presenting the award.

Dr. King, who began his career in private practice, is best known for his efforts in One Health, understanding the links between animal health, human health and our environment. An internationally sought-after speaker, he spent 19 years as the nation's chief veterinarian at the USDA, as well as serving as dean at Michigan State University, and working at the CDC in Atlanta. He led nationwide and global initiatives in public health, disease prevention, policy development and research.