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PIJAC Appoints Director of Government Affairs


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The Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC) hired former U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) senior advisor Savonne Caughey as its director of government affairs.

“We’re excited to bring on a seasoned professional for PIJAC’s federal and state advocacy efforts on behalf of pet care professionals,” said PIJAC president Mike Bober. “Savonne’s broad experience at the top levels of the corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors will be a valuable asset to PIJAC’s members and the nation’s companion animal owners.”

Caughey comes to PIJAC with nearly two decades of high-level government relations and public affairs experience at leading organizations such as American Heart Association, the USDA and Elanco Animal Health. In her new role, Caughey will represent PIJAC on a wide range of issues before federal, state and local governments. She will provide key leadership for the industry on regulatory matters, and assist industry members in communicating with lawmakers.

In addition to her advocacy duties, Caughey will spearhead PIJAC’s leadership on animal disease prevention. “I am especially pleased to be able to put my USDA and animal health backgrounds to work as the PIJAC Zoonosis Committee’s staff liaison,” Caughey said.

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