Ron DeHaven joins the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine

Ron DeHaven
Dr. Ron DeHaven

Dr. Ron DeHaven, former CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), has joined the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM), part of the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, on a part-time basis to work on developing standardized public and corporate clerkships.

DeHaven will expand upon public and corporate clerkships which are overseen by the CPCVM by reaching out to various state and federal government agencies, animal health companies, and animal industry organizations to establish formal agreements to host veterinary students for recurring 3-week clerkships.

"I am thrilled to be able to apply my background and experience to assist students who are interested in pursuing a nontraditional career path in our great profession. These clerkships provide students with firsthand, real life experience as they explore various career options. I have benefited from a variety of opportunities in veterinary medicine and want to help others to do the same," stated DeHaven.

DeHaven has a rich background in the veterinary profession, including nine years as AVMA's CEO. At AVMA, he served over 88,000 members and worked to meet the challenges of improving human and animal health.

DeHaven also worked with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) for nearly 3 decades, finishing his career there as the administrator, the agency's top position. At APHIS, he focused on protecting U.S. agriculture and natural resources from exotic pests and diseases, handling wildlife management activities, and overseeing the Animal Welfare Act. DeHaven's work with APHIS, where he also served as the Chief Veterinary Officer for animal health for the United States, gained him national prominence in 2003 and 2004 when bovine spongiform encephalopathy (mad cow disease) and H5N1 avian influenza were making national headlines.

His public service earned him many awards, including two Presidential Rank Awards for his leadership in government, two USDA Secretary's Honor Awards, the AVMA's Meritorious Service Award. DeHaven was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Purdue University in 2005.

"We are very pleased to have Dr. DeHaven join our team as his many years of expertise and experience in a broad range of veterinary medicine brings a perspective that is essential for creating quality clerkship opportunities in public and corporate veterinary medicine," said Dr. Valerie Ragan, director of the CPCVM. "Dr. DeHaven has been a leader for many years in the public veterinary practice arena, and has created networks and worked with extraordinary people at many different levels in many different agencies and organizations. Through these collaborations, he has built friendships and professional respect that will serve him well in his role with the CPCVM. We are fortunate to have someone of Dr. DeHaven's caliber on our team."

The Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine is headquartered at the college's Blacksburg campus, and has a Washington D.C. presence through their faculty on the College Park campus. This partnership is through Virginia Tech and the University of Maryland, and trains veterinary students from North American veterinary colleges for careers in public and corporate practice.