Donald Hoenig, DVM, Maine State Veterinarian, has been elected to serve as president of the United States Animal Health Association for 2008/2009. 

Other association elections included:

  • President-Elect: Richard Breitmeyer, California Department of Food and Agriculture
  • First Vice-President: Steven Halstead, Michigan Department of Agriculture
  • Second Vice-President: David Marshall, North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services
  • Third Vice-President: David Meeker, National Renderers Association
  • Treasurer: William Hartmann, Minnesota Board of Animal Health

Jim Leafstedt, a retired pork producer from South Dakota, was recognized for his service to USAHA during 2007-2008 as president and serving on the executive committee since 2003, and will continue serving as in the role of immediate-past president for USAHA.

Hoenig is the director of the Maine Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health and Industry, a position held since December 2007. Additionally he has been the chief veterinarian for Maine since 1995, joining the department’s staff in 1986. He has worked at USDA, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Veterinary Services, and has been a private practitioner in both Maine and Massachusetts.

Hoenig has served on the association’s executive committee since 2004. As president, Hoenig will be responsible for leading the executive committee and overseeing USAHA operations. 

“Hoenig is well suited to serve as president of USAHA,” says Leafstedt. “His leadership qualities will be invaluable for the current challenges facing animal health and keep the organization and its membership engaged with key issues.”

Meeker is the newest addition to the USAHA executive committee. He serves as senior vice president of scientific services for the National Renderers Association where he as been employed since 2006. He has served as president of the Animal Protein Producers Industry prior to its merger with NRA in 2006. Meeker has been on staff at the National Turkey Federation, National Pork Producers Council, and was director of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources for the National Research Council at the National Academy of Sciences. He also was an associate professor at The Ohio State University. Meeker is currently a member of the scientific advisory panel to the World Renderers Organization, a member of the USDA Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Foreign Animal and Poultry Disease, and is on the advisory committee for the Beef industry Food Safety Council of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. Meeker is a native of Iowa.

Source: USAHA