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Meet CDFA’s “Golden Rooster”

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford Jones, winner of the 2012 Golden Rooster Award

California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford Jones, winner of the 2012 Golden Rooster Award

Each year, the California poultry industry recognizes the contributions of an individual who inspires with leadership and dedication, and that person is presented with the “Golden Rooster” award. This year’s honoree is California State Veterinarian Dr. Annette Whiteford Jones, who was named as recipient, much to her surprise, at the recent annual meeting of the California Poultry Federation.

“Dr. Jones has generated an enormous amount of respect and admiration in our industry,” said California Poultry Federation President Bill Mattos. “Starting with her dynamic leadership as head of the task force to combat exotic Newcastle disease a decade ago, and continuing with her ongoing work to enhance emergency preparedness and promote quality assurance throughout the state.”

Dr. Jones has been the director of Animal Health and Food Safety Services at CDFA since 2004 and was appointed State Veterinarian in 2010.  In that role, she oversees 230 employees engaged in programs for animal health, milk and dairy food safety, meat, poultry, and egg safety, and livestock identification. She also works closely with the California Animal Health and Food Safety Laboratory System, which is operated by the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

“Dr. Jones is truly deserving of this coveted award and I offer her my congratulations, ” said CDFA Secretary Karen Ross.  “She is an exceptional industry leader and talented public servant who works tirelessly on the many issues affecting California’s farmers and ranchers.  I am very happy the California Poultry Foundation selected Dr. Jones for its highest award.  She is most deserving!”

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