By: Stephanie Fisher, program manager and policy analyst, Governmental Relations Division
Dr. Donald Hoeing just finished a year serving as an AVMA Congressional Science Fellow on Capitol Hill in the office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, but he won’t be leaving the world of public policy anytime soon.
Dr. Hoeing has been appointed to the Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health. The committee will provide public and industry perspectives on USDA strategies, policies and programs to prevent, control and eradicate animal health diseases, and will also lead the dialogue on public health concerns and the stability of livestock economies.
This is not Dr. Hoeing’s first time serving on such a committee; he previously served in 2011-2012 and in 2006 -2007 while he was Maine’s state veterinarian. Now, he will be representing veterinarians and veterinary medical organizations on the committee.
Other groups represented on the advisory committee include public health and food safety officials, wildlife experts, livestock producers, ranchers, farmers and even lawyers who practice animal law.
As Dr. Hoeing is representing veterinary organizations, he will be communicating with the AVMA for input about the issues the advisory committee will be discussing throughout the year. The committee is expected to tackle everything from animal disease traceability, swine health, and emergency preparedness for foot and mouth disease.
Though this is his third time serving on such a committee, he comes to the table with a new perspective after spending a year working in Congress.
“I think participating in the AVMA fellowship program definitely helped to inform my perspective on many of these issues, especially as to what is realistic and able to be accomplished within fiscal and political realities,” he said.
More information on the advisory committee can be found on the USDA’s website.