Each year, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) presents an Administrator’s Award at the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and American Association of Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) annual meeting. The award goes to a USAHA or AAVLD member whose individual work has had longstanding and significant impacts on U.S. animal health. The 2016 winner is Dr. Annette Jones, the California state veterinarian.
APHIS’ success in protecting U.S. animal health has long hinged on partnerships across Federal and State government, industry, and academia. These successes often depend on people like Dr. Jones who step up to lead and to collaborate across organizations. Dr. Jones has proven time and again in her 15 years of public service to be an invaluable partner to APHIS, and to be someone who consistently goes above and beyond when it comes to promoting U.S. animal health and productivity.
Dr. Jones’ accomplishments in public service include: directing the state and federal partnership to eradicate an outbreak of exotic Newcastle disease; successfully directing the response to detections of avian influenza; and consistently demonstrating an ability to work cooperatively with other government agencies, the public, and industry in emergency animal disease planning efforts at the local, state, and federal levels.
Dr. Jones began her career at CDFA in 2001, was named director of the agency’s Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services in 2004, and was named State Veterinarian in 2010.