Dr. Annette Jones, the California state veterinarian, was honored with the 2016 USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Administrator’s Award at the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) and American Association of Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) annual meeting.

Jones, according to a press release from APHIS, has proven time and again in her 15 years of public service to  be an invaluable partner to APHIS, and to be someone who consistently goes above and beyond when it comes to promoting U.S. animal health and productivity.

Her accomplishments in public service include: directing the state and federal partnership to eradicate an outbreak of exotic Newcastle disease; successfully directing the response to detections of avian influenza; and consistently demonstrating an ability to work cooperatively with other government agencies, the public, and industry in emergency animal disease planning efforts at the local, state, and federal levels.

Jones began her career at CDFA in 2001, was named director of the agency’s Division of Animal Health and Food Safety Services in 2004, and was named State Veterinarian in 2010.

The APHIS Administrator’s Award is presented annually to a member of USAHA or AAVLD whose individual work has had a longstanding and significant impact on animal health.