The George C. Poppensiek Visiting Professorship in Global Animal Health is supported by an endowment honoring Dr. Poppensiek, the fifth Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine (serving from 1959 to 1974) in recognition of his interest and contributions to international animal health. In 1988, Cornell established the annual Poppensiek Lectureship in Global Veterinary Medicine, in which distinguished scholars from abroad are invited to Cornell to share their expertise with students and faculty.
Dr. W. Ron DeHaven recently retired as CEO of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), where he served as executive vice-president from 2007 to 2016, working to meet the challenges of improving human and animal health in the 21st century. Dr. DeHaven came to the AVMA with more than two decades of experience at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). As APHIS administrator, Dr. DeHaven was responsible for protection of U.S. agriculture and natural resources from exotic pests and diseases, administering the Animal Welfare Act, and carrying out wildlife damage management activities. Prior to starting work at APHIS, Dr. DeHaven served in the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps. Dr. DeHaven obtained his DVM degree from Purdue University in 1975 and an MBA from Millsaps College in 1989.
The Poppensiek Lecture is free and open to the public; the academic conference portion of the symposium requires registration (advance registration through Sept 1, $35)
W. Ron DeHaven
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