Maher Honored for His Support of Animal Health and Safety

Rep. John Maher accepts Distinguished Service Award from Dr. Joan Hendricks, dean of PennVet, for his work to advance animal welfare in Pennsylvania.

Rep. John Maher (R-Allegheny/Washington) received the top honor awarded by the Pennsylvania Veterinary Medical Association (PVMA) and the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine (PennVet) on May 10. 

Maher was presented with the Distinguished Service Award for his work to combat animal cruelty and advance animal health and veterinary medicine in the Commonwealth. 

While presenting the award, Dr. Joan Hendricks, dean of PennVet,  praised Maher’s use of  “fortitude and intellect ... to nimbly navigate the legislative process and move veterinary and agricultural issues forward,” including advancing consumer food safety, protection of animals, and agricultural research and education. 

 “Agriculture is the few feeding the many. Veterinary medicine entails far fewer helping those relatively few farmers who feed us all,” Maher responded.  “The health of Pennsylvania’s largest industry – agriculture – and the safety of our food chain depend on state government being smart enough to advance related research and education.” 

Maher has served as chairman of the House Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee since 2009. 

State Representative John Maher
40th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Contact:  Donna Pinkham

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