A career of public service is what exemplifies Dr. Michael Blackwell. Like his father, he earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tuskegee University. He also earned a Master of Public Health degree from Loma Linda University.
Dr. Blackwell currently serves as the Director of the Program for Pet Health Equity, College of Social Work, at the University of Tennessee. His mission is to improve access to veterinary care, especially for families with limited means. He also chairs the Access to Veterinary Care Coalition.
Previously, Dr. Blackwell served as dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, chief of staff, Office of the Surgeon General of the U.S., deputy director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine, Food and Drug Administration, and chief veterinary officer of the U.S. Public Health Service and The Humane Society of the United States. He achieved the rank of Assistant Surgeon General of U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps during 23 years on active duty. In addition, he has owned two private practices.
Dr. Blackwell has received numerous awards and recognitions, most notably, the Distinguished Service Medal, which is the highest personal honor award of the U.S. Public Health Service. He was twice awarded the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal. He currently serves as a member of the HSVMA Board of Directors.