UMASH’s Director Jeff Bender Receives National Award

UMASH’s Director Jeff Bender Receives National Award

During the 2019 American Veterinary Medicine Association (AVMA) convention, nearly 50 AVMA related groups gathered in Washington, D.C. for lectures, workshops and more. At the annual event, UMASH Director Jeff Bender, DVM, MS DACVPM, was honored with an award recognizing his work.

Dr. Jeff Bender’s new award is quite impressive. On August 4th, the American Association of Food Safety and Public Health Veterinarians designated the UMASH Director as the Public Health Veterinarian of the Year. This annual award identifies veterinarians also serving as public health professionals who have made large strides in the field of public health.


Jeff Bender, DVM, MS

Dr. Bender is a professor in the Division of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota and directs the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Emerging Pandemic Threats 2 One Health Workforce Project at the university. He also serves as co-director of a National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health center at the university focused on agricultural occupational safety and health. A diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Dr. Bender has directed and collaborated on several research and surveillance projects pertaining to infectious and zoonotic diseases.