Dr. Linda Logan of Texas A&M University awarded International Veterinary Congress Prize

DENVER, Colorado-This week, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) awards Linda Logan, DVM, Ph.D., of Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, the 2014 XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize.

Dr. Linda Logan
Dr. Linda Logan

During the AVMA’s Annual Convention in Denver, July 25–29, the AVMA honors some of the nation’s top veterinarians, individuals and organizations during several events and ceremonies. Each recipient has worked tirelessly to improve the lives of both animals and people across the country and around the globe. These recipients represent the very best in all areas of veterinary medicine, from education and public service to research and private practice.

The XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize is given annually to recognize outstanding service by a member of the association who has contributed to international understanding of veterinary medicine. Logan receives the award during the AVMA President’s Reception, 6 p.m. on Monday, July 28, in the Centennial Ballroom, AB in the Hyatt Regency Denver.

Logan spent many years researching vector-borne disease in livestock both at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in New York and in Africa. Currently, she is the department head of veterinary pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M University, where she is also a professor. Much of the department’s research focuses on infectious diseases with an emphasis on zoonotic and transboundary diseases. Logan is also the college’s director for international programs.

“Dr. Logan spent most of her childhood outside of the United States, so it was natural that her veterinary career took her around the globe,” said Dr. Eleanor M. Green, the Carl B. King Dean of Veterinary Medicine. “With her training as a pathologist and interest in tropical diseases of livestock, international livestock disease control, and international agricultural trade, she has made a difference in the world.  Here at Texas A&M, she has helped take the CVM international programs to new heights.  I can think of no one more deserving of this recognition.”

She has worked for both the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA APHIS) and the USDA Animal Research Service (USDA ARS). While at USDA APHIS, she was the department’s international service’s attaché for North and East Africa and the Middle East, and eventually assumed the USDA APHIS senior post in Kadar, Senegal, as the senior attaché for Africa and the Middle East.

During her career with the USDA ARS, Logan was the national program leader for animal health. Later, she served as the Texas Animal Health Commission executive director, which is the Texas state veterinarian.

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