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NEW VMAC CHAIRMAN

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter March/April 1999 Volume XIV, No II

Keith E. Sterner, D.V.M. has succeeded Dr. Donald Lein as the chairman of the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Veterinary Medicine Advisory Committee (VMAC). Dr. Sterner presided over the VMAC meeting held January 25-26, 1999.

Dr. Sterner is a graduate of Michigan State University. He is co-owner of a mixed animal practice in Ionia, Michigan, treating mainly food animals. Dr. Sterner has been a member of VMAC since 1997 where he has represented the large animal specialty. He is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, the National Mastitis Council, and the United States Animal Health Association, and other organizations. Dr. Sterner is past president, American Association of Bovine Practitioners; past president, National Mastitis Council; member, AVMA Task Force on Responsible Antimicrobial Use; vice chair, AVMA Council on Education; and past member, AVMA Drug Availability Committee. In 1991, the American Association of Bovine Practitioners honored Dr. Sterner as "Bovine Practitioner of the Year", and Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine presented him with the Distinguished Alumnus Award.