Dr. Kristi Henderson received her DVM from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine — Yay, Chief Illiniwek! After years in practice and serving as a federal Veterinary Medical Officer, she is currently the Director of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Division of Animal and Public Health where her responsibilities include areas such as environmental, wildlife, biosecurity, and animal agricultural issues.

Dr. Henderson grew up on her family's farm in central Illinois and was active in 4-H and FFA. Before becoming a veterinarian, she was an EMT and medical officer on her hometown's fire department. She loves the outdoors and thinks that some of the best scents in the world include fresh cut alfalfa, approaching rain, camp fires, horses, and pumpkin pie. She and her husband, Brian, live in Sleepy Hollow, IL, ideal considering that Halloween is her favorite holiday.

Ebola virus – AVMA’s working to find information for you

The death of an international traveler diagnosed in the U.S. as having the Ebola virus disease (EVD), coupled with the precautionary measure by Spanish health officials to euthanize the dog of an exposed healthcare worker, have raised questions and concerns … read more >

What does the DEA’s final rule mean for veterinary practices?

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) final rule, published 9/9/2014 and effective 10/9/2014, will establish more options for the secure disposal of controlled substances by practitioners and their clients. This will benefit veterinarians, animal owners, and the environment alike by expanding … read more >

Proper disposal of controlled substances will become easier October 9th!

If the thought of having to dispose of controlled substances makes you cringe, you’re not alone. The good news is that the DEA has announced new regulations, establishing more options for the secure disposal of controlled substances by practitioners and … read more >

AVMA hosts education on antiparasitic resistance

When parasites become less susceptible to the treatments that had controlled them in the past, animal health suffers. In livestock, this may also negatively impact production. Practical and effective strategies to combat antiparasitic resistance are critical. To help enhance the … read more >

AVMA launches new resources on animal transport and travel

Collectively, people move hundreds of thousands of animals from one place to another across the nation and around the world every day. To help reduce risks posed to animals, people, and ecosystems by such travel, countries, territories, states, and even … read more >

Comment by July 31: USP’s draft new chapter on hazardous drugs

The U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), which is a scientific, nonprofit organization that sets various standards for medicines, food ingredients, and dietary supplements worldwide, seeks comments from the veterinary profession on a draft new chapter, <800> Hazardous Drugs—Handling in Healthcare Settings, … read more >