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Dr. John Maas honored with 2014 Distinguished Service Award

October 2, 2014

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John Maas awarded the SVM 2014 Distinguished Service Award

Dr. John Maas, DVM, MS, DACVN, DACVIM is awarded the School of Veterinary Medicine 2014 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his outstanding efforts to advance livestock animal health, deliver educational programs on food safety, cattle diseases, nutritional requirements and environmental impacts, and leadership in state and national cattle organizations.

Dr. Maas served the veterinary profession for 40-years with a dedicated focus on the livestock animal health, first as a private practitioner, then as a diagnostician with the UCD California Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (now CAHFS).  In that capacity he provided rapid and reliable diagnosis of diseases in livestock and poultry, thereby protecting animal health and safeguarding public health.  In 1993 he joined UC Cooperative Extension and began developing beef cattle outreach programs. 

Dr. Maas, an active cattle rancher throughout his life, was widely recognized by the cattle industry for his leadership within the industry and his liaison efforts with the scientific and veterinary communities.  He provided guidance to develop and implement the National Beef Quality Assurance program that encompasses the contemporary issues of food safety, land stewardship, environmental impacts of cattle operations, along with animal health, welfare and handling.

Dr. Maas was also instrumental in educating the entire chain from “farm to fork” which includes beef and dairy producers and management of feed yards, cow/calf operations, auction facilities, hauling and transportation companies and slaughter facilities. Often the “go to person,” Dr. Maas served his constituents by reviewing the issues, providing a diagnosis and then offering a practical treatment or economically viable solution.  He consulted regularly with a large network of researchers, clinicians, diagnosticians and other colleagues at UCD to provide up-to-date information to the industry.

For 18 years, Dr. Maas communicated current information on a broad range of topics with industry colleagues through the monthly educational column “UCD Vet” in California Cattleman magazine. He published hundreds of scholarly articles in science and lay journals on topics for bovine, equine and ovine and often served as a spokesperson for state and national media on livestock animal health topics.