Lincoln Memorial University


Harrogate, Tennessee April 22, 2016–The Center for Animal Health in Appalachia (CAHA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Lonnie King, former dean of The Ohio State University–College of Veterinary Medicine, has been appointed chair of the CAHA Advisory Board.

Dr. Jason Johnson, CAHA executive director said, “Dr. Lonnie King’s vast experience in the field of veterinary medicine, animal agriculture and his expert knowledge in the One Health arena makes him the ideal leader to guide our team as we work to improve animal and public health issues in Appalachia and beyond. It is my belief that Dr. King’s experience and dynamic leadership will guide CAHA to envision the future of veterinary medicine and furthermore, spur us to develop education, research, outreach, advocacy, and new markets that ensure a bright future for veterinary medicine.”

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) formed CAHA at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM and CAHA also conduct research and administrative activities on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee. Created as a research, data-driven, practice-friendly and policy-oriented center, CAHA’s focus is on the unique challenges facing animal and public health in the 13-state Appalachian region.

Previously King served as dean for 10 years at Michigan State University following 19 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service as both Deputy Administrator for Veterinary Services and Administrator for the agency. While serving as the nation’s Chief Veterinary Officer, he worked extensively in global trade agreements and has testified before Congress on issues of emerging diseases and animal health.  A member of the National Academies of Science, King is also boarded by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Most recently he directed the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control, and currently serves as vice chair of the Obama Administration’s recently established Presidential Advisory Council on Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria. King received his bachelor’s degree and doctor of veterinary medicine degree from The Ohio State University, a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in public administration from American University. An expert in “One Health” and the emergence of new diseases, he is a highly sought-after speaker regarding the convergence of human and animal health and the future of veterinary medicine. King was recognized as Ohio’s Veterinarian of the Year for 2015, and was recently appointed the director of OSU’s new Office of Innovation and Collaboration.

The mission of CAHA is to improve animal health and public health in the Appalachian region and beyond through five initiatives including:

  1. Conferences, workshops and training programs to raise awareness and advance knowledge of animal and public health issues;
  1. Development of an innovative Rural Practice curriculum, which will be offered to veterinary students from LMU-CVM and other schools;
  1. Community educational programs for Appalachian residents, farmers, veterinarians and others using the LMU-CVM facilities and online;
  1. Public education and advocacy on animal health and public health issues affecting the Appalachian region;
  1. Research and research-funding support related to Appalachian animal health and public health, including annual publication of the State of Animal Health in Appalachia Report.


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Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tennessee, with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Virginia. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s medical programs and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at


423.869.3611 | 800.325.0900
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752