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Dr. Richard Carnevale

Vice President, Scientific, Regulatory and International Affairs

Dr. Carnevale is Vice President for Scientific, Regulatory, and International Affairs at the Animal Health Institute (AHI) where he oversees regulatory, scientific and international arenas regarding animal health and food safety and shapes the institute’s positioning on these issues. He has more than 35 years in the veterinary, science and animal health fields.

Before AHI, Dr. Carnevale worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service as the Assistant Deputy Administrator in the Science and Technology Program, supervising nearly 100 scientists. During his tenure he helped develop the microbial testing programs to support the meat and poultry Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) programs now mandatory in all federal inspections. Dr. Carnevale also practiced veterinary medicine and spent 13 years with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a veterinary medical review officer, serving as branch chief and deputy director of the Center for Veterinary Medicine’s Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation.

He is a coveted presenter at industry and scientific conferences and meetings and is the lead negotiator for AHI regarding the Animal Drug User Fee Act (ADUFA), which establishes FDA animal drug application performance standards in return for increased revenues.

Dr. Carnevale obtained a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Arizona.

Ron Phillips

Vice President, Government and Public Relations

Ron Phillips is vice president, government and public affairs for the Animal Health Institute (AHI), where he is responsible for overseeing the association’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and public affairs outreach efforts, including media relations.

Before AHI, he served for 11 years as vice president, public affairs for The Fertilizer Institute in Washington, D.C., where his accomplishments included leading industry’s crisis response following the Oklahoma City disaster. He has worked for the U.S. Feed Grains Council, an association dedicated to expanding international markets for U.S. grain, and spent more than five years working as press secretary and a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.

A native of Ohio, he received a BA degree in communications from Cedarville College and a MA in journalism from The Ohio State University. He has worked for newspapers both in Ohio and Virginia and has published many articles in agricultural publications.

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