Georgia Professor Receives National Conservation Award


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – John Fischer, DVM, Ph.D, a professor of population health and the director of the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study at the University of Georgia’s College of Veterinary Medicine, earned an award for his extensive research work with wild turkey diseases.

In recognition of his dedication and contributions to conservation, Fischer received the National Wild Turkey Federation’s Henry S. Mosby Award. He accepted the award during the NWTF’s 40th annual Convention and Sport Show. RAM is the official convention sponsor.

“I am honored to accept this award and do so on behalf of all of my co-workers at SCWDS, past and present, with whom I’ve been very proud and lucky to work,” Fischer said. “Throughout my career, which began back in 1979, I’ve always had the opportunity to work with the best people who share my deep passion for wildlife, and that makes my work much more enjoyable.”

The Mosby award is named after Henry S. Mosby, Ph.D., whose research during the mid-1900s set the standard for wild turkey management. He also helped found The Wildlife Society and won its highest honor, the Aldo Leopold Medal.

The NWTF determined this year’s award winners based on how their work strengthens the Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative. Fischer has done extensive research work about diseases affecting wild turkeys, such as avian pox and blackhead disease. He also has assisted with wild turkey disease testing for international restoration projects.

As director of SCWDS, Fischer works with wildlife agencies in 18 states, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior and numerous other organizations to determine the impacts of diseases and the role wildlife plays in the spread of disease.

“John has a tremendous understanding of wild turkey biology and management,” said George Thornton, NWTF CEO. “His work has been quite valuable through the years and has helped to guide our conservation efforts.”

Fischer is the vice chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Fish and Wildlife Health Committee. He also is a member of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture’s Advisory Committee on Animal Health and the World Organization for Animal Health’s Wildlife Working Group.

About Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.
The NWTF Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt. initiative is a charge that mobilizes science, fundraising and devoted volunteers to give the NWTF more energy and purpose than ever. Through this national initiative, NWTF has committed to raising $1.2 billion to conserve or enhance more than 4 million acres of essential upland wildlife habitat, recruit at least 1.5 million hunters and open access to 500,000 acres for hunting, shooting and outdoor enjoyment. Without hunters, there will be no wildlife or habitat. The NWTF is determined to Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt.

For more information, contact Peter Muller at (803) 637-7698.

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