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Aviagen vet named AAAP’s new president

Eric Jensen replaces outgoing president Nathaniel Tablante.

September 12, 2019
By Canadian Poultry magazine

Nathaniel Tablante (right) hands over presidential gavel to Eric Jensen Aviagen

Aviagen’s vice president of veterinary services Eric Jensen has been elected as the new president of the American Association of Avian Pathologists (AAAP).

He replaces outgoing president Nathaniel Tablante, a professor at the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Maryland.

A long-time and active member of the AAAP, Jensen will hold this office for one year, after having served on the board of directors for five years and as president elect the previous year.

He was officially appointed on Aug. 4 during a ceremony at the 62nd annual AAAP Business Meeting, which took place Aug. 2-5 in Washington, D.C.

Jensen has more than 30 years of experience as a veterinarian specializing in poultry medicine.

He joined Aviagen in 1995 as program veterinarian and in 2015 was promoted to his current role as vice president of veterinary services.

He holds a Master of Avian Medicine and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, both from the University of Georgia in the U.S.

During his tenure as president, Jensen explains that the organization will focus on improving diversity in its membership, as well as advocating the profession to new veterinary and research graduates.

“It’s an honor to continue serving the AAAP as President,” he says.

“The future of the industry depends on attracting bright young minds with a passion to supply today’s and tomorrow’s generations with a secure, healthy and sustainable source of protein.”