The American Association of Swine Veterinarians (AASV) announced Dr. Abbey Canon as Director of Communications Wednesday. Canon accepted the position currently held by Dr. Harry Snelson, who will assume the position of Executive Director on June 1st after 13 years as Director of Communications.
"I am thrilled for Dr. Canon to join the AASV staff. She brings with her a great background in the areas of communication, education and public health within the veterinary medical community," said Dr. Tom Burkgren, AASV Executive Director.
Previously, Canon worked for the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) at Iowa State University. A key aspect of her role At CFSPH was establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders. She managed a nationally collaborative project, of which the purpose is to foster partnerships with public health, animal health, and youth agricultural organizations to prevent zoonotic influenza and other zoonoses among youth involved in animal agriculture. She also developed new and updated existing training modules for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program.
In addition to earning her DVM from Iowa State University in 2011, she also holds a Master of Public Health and is board certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventative Medicine. As a postdoctoral research associate at Iowa State University's Swine Medicine Education Center, she trained fourth-year swine veterinary students and developed curriculum primarily focused on food safety, public health and occupational safety. She currently chairs the AASV Human Health and Safety Committee.
From 2012-2014, she served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service officer (EISO) with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assigned to the Wisconsin Division of Public Health's Bureau of Communicable Diseases and Emergency Response. As an EISO, she was responsible for responding to urgent or emergent public health threats and communicating critical messages to lay and scientific audiences.
"I am so excited to serve AASV in this role. I enjoy education and outreach, and am looking forward to strengthening relationships within the AASV, the veterinary profession, and beyond. If we haven't met, please introduce yourself in Orlando," Canon said.
She will start in her new role on February 4.