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AAFSPHV Officers

  • President: Donna Debonis
  • President-Elect: Angela Demaree
  • Past President: Jennifer Wishnie
  • Executive VP: Katherine Waters
  • Recording Secretary: Carie Alexander
  • Teasurer: Kelly Vest

Board of Directors

  • Federal (Civilian) Govt:
    Roger Murphy
  • State/Local Govt: Dr. Van H. Brass
  • Uniformed Service: Renee Funk
  • Private/Corporate Practice:
    Mike Gilsdorf
  • Education/Research/Extension:
    Kristen Obbink
  • At-Large: Dr. Pamela Abney


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The American Association of Public Health Veterinarians (AAPHV) was formally established in 1995 to replace the former Conference of Public Health Veterinarians established in 1946. The purpose of the Conference (and the subsequent AAPHV) was to provide a single organization for all veterinarians who are professionally engaged or actively interested in public health and veterinary preventive medicine.

The mission includes those in private practice or employed by a governmental or non-governmental agency or academia (students and faculty), at the local, state, national, or international level. AAPHV was modeled in name and intent to eventually become the affiliate organization representing public health in the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) House of Delegates. When it was initially formed, AAPHV included a Public Health Veterinarian Coalition Committee (PHVCC) with representatives from other public health-related organizations, and it shared resources and members with the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM).

In 2008, AAPHV re-evaluated its roles and responsibilities, with the initial step of surveying its members for desired products and services. Thus began the process of redevelopment and reinvigoration, including significantly revising its governance documents while maintaining the goal of representing the broad and diverse interests of all veterinarians and veterinary students with an interest in public health. Current top priorities for AAPHV are: providing support for members through mentorship, training, a listserve and newsletter; outreach to other public health and veterinary groups; support for veterinary student public health chapters; and serving as a resource for policy development.


To be the Nation's premier professional organization dedicated to the collaboration of veterinarians engaged in the practice of public health and preventive medicine and to serve as an advocate for public policies to improve human and animal health.