Millicent Edison Awarded AMVA 2013 Public Service Award

Millicent Eidson, MA, DVM, DACVPMMillicent Edison, MA, DVM, DACVPM, associate professor and associate chair of the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University at Albany School of Public Health, and a research scientist with the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) Office of Public Health Practice, was recently awarded the American Veterinary Medical Association (AMVA) Public Service Award at the AMVA annual meeting.  The award recognizes a veterinarian member of AMVA for their long-term, outstanding public service and contributions to public health and regulatory veterinary medicine.

Dr. Eidson has served as a leader among professionals associations including the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians, the Epidemiology Specialty of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and the American Association of Public Health Veterinarians.  Through these associations, she has worked with public health and regulatory veterinarians in government, academia and non-governmental organizations on One Health issues, addressing the interrelatedness of humans, animals and the environment.

As a State Public Health Veterinarian with the NYSDOH, Dr. Eidson established the first dead bird reporting system as an early indicator of human risk to West Nile virus.  She previously served as a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the National Cancer Institute, and as the State Environmental Epidemiologist and Public Health Veterinarian with the New Mexico Department of Health.  Her proudest accomplishment was the first investigation associating l-tryptophan consumption with a new disease, eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome, leading to an FDA ban.