William G. Courtney, DVM, MPH, MA

Elected Member
William Courtney

Elected November 2016
Term Ending: November 2019
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I began my career in public health in 1980 as a veterinarian in a primarily dairy farm practice on the Illinois/Wisconsin border.  I learned first-hand the importance of population/herd health, plus how critical strict sanitation is in the production of food. After five years, I got curious and became U.S. Air Force Public Health Officer.  Over the next 26 ½ years I truly enjoyed managing public health programs at numerous bases throughout the United States, and in several foreign countries.  I then spent over a decade at the headquarters level developing public health policies and directing program execution for major commands, and the entire Air Force.  Along the way I obtained a MPH, became a Diplomat in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, and Certified in Public Health.   I ended my Air Force career as the Chair of the Public Health and Preventive Medicine Department at the school of Aerospace Medicine directing one research laboratory, one very large reference laboratory, the Air Force School for Public Health, and the Air Force Epidemiology Services.  I also enjoyed being an active member of the APHA and served as Chair and Program Director for the Veterinary Public Health Special Primary Interest Group, and am currently the Policy Committee Chair. I also serve on the policy committee of the Law Section. Immediately after retiring from the USAF, I worked for a large employment agency, while satisfying a life-long curiosity with the law by attending graduate school and earning a MA in Legal Studies.  This ultimately led me to volunteer at the local center and shelter for victims of domestic violence, where I served as a Court Advocate, and still serve as Assistant Grant Writer.   I am also the President of the Board of Directors at the local animal shelter, and volunteer my services as a licensed veterinarian.