The American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) Council on Research (COR) has elected John Middleton, DVM, PhD, to serve as its chair. Middleton, a professor of food animal medicine and surgery at MU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, will begin his duties at the 2018 AVMA convention, July 13-17 in Denver.
“It is an honor to have been elected to lead this group,” Middleton said. “Research and innovation are essential to constantly moving our profession forward and providing the evidence-base for decision-making, not only in animal health, but human health as well. Increasing awareness of the impacts of veterinary research on the lives of people and animals is something the COR hopes to achieve over the coming year. By aiding the AVMA in making sound policy decisions, the COR is central to AVMA’s advocacy efforts on research and helping shape the research funding landscape through advisement of the AVMA’s government relations division.”
Among its several duties, the council advises the AVMA Board of Directors on scientific research and discovery that affects the veterinary profession and educates the public about the importance of animal, human and environmental health research.
The council consists of 10 voting members who are also voting members of the association and one non-voting member who represents veterinary students.