Charles L. Hofacre
AAAP Hall of Honor

Chuck completed his veterinary degree at The Ohio State University (1984), decided to specialize in poultry health and attended The University of Georgia (UGA), earning a Master of Avian Medicine (MAM) (1985) and PhD (1992) in Medical Microbiology.
Chuck was Cuddy Farms Director of Veterinary Medicine (1987-1989), Ross Breeders, Inc. Head of Veterinary Medicine (1989-1990) and their first Vice President of Poultry Health and Quality Assurance and a Board of Directors Member (1990-1995), and Bayer Animal Health Poultry Business Unit, Manager of Professional Services (1995-1998).  Since 1998, Chuck currently professor, Director of Clinical Services, and Graduate Coordinator has been a faculty member in UGA’s Department of Population Health (formerly Avian Medicine).  From 2003-present Chuck has served as only the fifth Secretary-Treasurer (currently titled Executive Vice President) in the American Association Avian Pathologists(AAAP)  55-year history.
Chuck’s primary responsibilities include oversight of and instruction in the MAM program, as well as providing service and research to the poultry industry.  His career-long focus has been to seek out lasting worldwide food security solutions by reducing the presence of Salmonella and Campylobacter.  To that end, he conducts research and works with poultry producers, but believes making avian disease education available to veterinarians worldwide best solves the problem. This resulted in his participation with the UGA/University of Melbourne online Master of Avian Health and Medicine (MAHM) degree program collaboration with his friend Trevor Bagust.
Chuck’s service to veterinary medicine also includes participation on national/international expert panels/committees, long-term leadership roles in major professional organizations, and editorial boards of major professional journals.  His service has been recognized by awards from industry, academia, and professional organizations including:  American Association of Avian Pathologists Lasher-Bottorff Award (2014), Agriculture Honorary Society of The University of Georgia – Honorary Member (2014), World Veterinary Poultry Association Hall of Honor (2013),  Poultry Science Association Frank Perdue Live Poultry Food Safety Award (2010), AAAP Special Service Award (2008), UGA Charles N. Dobbins Award for Excellence in Service (2008), UGA Inventors Award (1999), and AAAP Reed Rumsey Award (1987). Chuck has published approximately 85 peer-reviewed journal papers, 12 book chapters, 25 lay publications, and 116 scientific meeting presentations.
Either an office visit or a glance at Chuck’s computer confirms his love of family (wife Christa, daughter Beth [son-in-law Pete], son Christopher, and also his grandsons Asher and Ethan) and anything outdoors.  An avid farmer and hunter, Chuck has special love of fishing, especially Alaskan salmon.