The American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges named Andrew Maccabe, DVM, M.P.H., J.D., as executive director, effective May 15, 2012.
Dr. Maccabe, a former associate executive director with the American Association of Veterinary Medical Colleges, is currently employed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Emerging, Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases where he acts as the center’s liaison to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to coordinate policy and programs between the two agencies.
“I’m energized by the challenges we face and excited by the opportunities we have to advance veterinary medical education,” Maccabe said. “The colleges are training the next generation of veterinarians who will lead our profession tomorrow. Thirty years from now, they will be practicing in ways that few of us can even imagine today.”
Maccabe is a champion of the “One Health” initiative, according to the AAVMC. The North American Veterinary Medical Education Consortium emphasized One Health in its Roadmap for Veterinary Medical Education in the 21st Century: Responsive, Collaborative, Flexible report.
“[It’s important that] veterinary medical colleges conduct the biomedical research that provides the scientific foundation for the profession and improves our understanding of human and animal health,” Maccabe said.
Maccabe will replace interim director and executive board member Bennie Osburn, DVM, Ph.D., Dipl. ACVP.