Richard Breitmeyer, DVM, MPVM, director of the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, was awarded the United States Animal Health Association’s (USAHA) Medal of Distinction at their annual meeting in Providence, RI.
The USAHA Medal of Distinction is awarded annually to recognize one or more distinguished USAHA members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, provided exemplary service, and have made significant contributions to the advancement of the association.
Breitmeyer oversees the CAHFS lab system - a partnership between the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the school – that provides veterinarians and livestock and poultry producers throughout the state with rapid, reliable diagnoses of animal diseases. CAHFS operates labs in Tulare, Turlock and San Bernardino, as well as UC Davis.
Prior to CAHFS, Breitmeyer served as California state veterinarian, In that role, he served at the executive level as the state, national and international representative on all animal health issues affecting California and the nation, and was the principal advisor to the agriculture secretary for all food safety and animal health issues affecting California.