CUMMING -- A Forsyth County veterinarian has been honored for her work with the Centers for Disease Control.
During the American Veterinary Medical Association’s annual convention in Denver, Gale Galland received the organization’s 2014 Public Service Award.
“I was excited and very surprised,” Galland said of the recognition. “It was a complete surprise for me to get the letter [about the award] in the mail.”
According to information from the association, the honor is presented each year to a member veterinarian for “long-term outstanding public service or unique contributions to the practice or science of public health and regulatory veterinary medicine.”
Galland is the first Georgia veterinarian to receive the award since 2004.
Galland, who has lived in Forsyth County since graduating from vet school at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986, served as a commissioned officer for 21 years with the U.S. Public Health Service.
She worked in a variety of positions, including staff veterinarian in charge of malaria vaccine trials, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
She eventually attained the rank of captain and took charge of the CDC’s laboratory animal program.
After more than a decade there, she joined the Division of Global Migration and Quarantine Zoonoses Team, which is responsible for preventing the importation of animals and animal products that pose a threat to human health.
Using her expertise with nonhuman primates, Galland founded the Nonhuman Primate Import Quarantine Program, overseeing importation of the animals for science, education or exhibition.
She retired from the public health service in 2013.
In addition, she has worked in private practice at Forsyth County Animal Hospital on Hwy. 9 since moving to the county in 1986.
“I worked there full time and then I worked on weekends or whenever they needed somebody to fill in,” she said.
“It’s been a great career. I worked for several different groups at CDC ... and have always worked in private practice at the clinic at Forsyth County Animal Hospital.”