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New CVM Official for International Activities

FDA Veterinarian Newsletter January/February 2002 Volume XVII, No 1

CVM is pleased to announce that Dr. Merton V. Smith has been selected to fill the position as Special Assistant for International Activities, Office of the Director, CVM.

Dr. Smith comes from FDA's Office of International Programs (OIP) in the Office of the Commissioner. For the past 16 years, Dr. Smith has held a number of positions in OIP and its predecessor unit, the International Affairs Staff, including the Africa and Near East Desk Officer, the Americas Desk Officer, the Multilateral Programs Desk Officer, and the International Harmonization and Trade Affairs Desk Officer. Most recently, he has been the Acting Director, International Agreements Staff, OIP.

Dr. Smith was detailed to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President for a year ('93-'94) and worked to finalize both the North American Free Trade Agreement and the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, the latter establishing the World Trade Organization.

Dr. Smith received his B. A. degree from the University of Virginia, and M. S. and Ph.D. degrees in food science and nutrition from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, completing research in the area of food-borne infections and intoxications. He also received his J. D. degree at Catholic University, focusing on environmental, trade, and administrative law. Dr. Smith is currently a member of the District of Columbia Bar. He may be reached at 301-827-6239.