Professor emeritus receives Gold-Headed Cane Award from national One Health group

Dr. Paul Gibbs

Dr. Paul Gibbs

A professor emeritus in the college’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Immunology, has received the 2024 K.F. Myer-James H. Steele Gold-Headed Cane Award from the American Veterinary One Health Society. The award is given annually to recognize lifetime achievements for outstanding contributions and distinguished service to improve the health of animals, people, plants and/or the environment.

Gibbs’ professional focus is on One Health, specifically the control and prevention of emerging and foreign animal diseases of viral etiology, including those of zoonotic importance, through research, policy development and emergency response training.

A member of the college’s faculty since 1979, Gibbs also served as the director of UF’s International Center and as the college’s associate dean for students and academic affairs from 2010-2012 when he retired. He has continued to publish scientific papers and has served on numerous national and international committees focused on a variety of One Health projects. Most recently, he and his co-editors assisted the Food and Agricultural Organization of the UN and the World Organization for Animal Health in recording and publishing the official history of the global eradication of rinderpest, the only disease other than smallpox to have been globally eradicated.

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July-August 2024

Dr. Paul Gibbs

Professor emeritus receives Gold-Headed Cane Award from national One Health group

Gibbs’s professional focus is on One Health, specifically the control and prevention of emerging and foreign animal diseases of viral etiology.

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