Veterinary Public Health

The Veterinary Public Health Special Primary Interest Group focuses on the interface of humans and animals; not just the diseases but the quality of life, health benefits and environmental health issues as well. We positively influence the human-animal connection and advance the One Health concept.

Our current focus areas are to offer stimulating educational programs and be APHA’s leaders on: food safety; the health benefits of animals; and climate change, both the effect animal agriculture may be having on the climate, as well as the effect a changing climate may have on animal agriculture. 

 scientist analyzing milk bottle    vet examining cat

Contact Us

Chair - Catherine Machalaba

Immediate Past Chair - Tom Doker

Secretary - Ben Ashraf

Councilor (Member-at-Large) - Tom Gecewicz

Program Planner – Tom Doker and Alex Schafer 

Policy Committee - Bill Courtney

Outreach Committee - Melanie Kirshenbaum

Communications Committee/Newsletter - Alex Schafer

Web Editor - Venita Ramirez

Get Involved

If you have a specific interest or passion we encourage you to become involved as a member of our Outreach Committee or Communications Committee. Please contact Melanie Kirshenbaum and Alex Schafer to learn more about getting involved.

Are you short on time? We understand. You can also consider other ways to be more involved in our Section:

1. Respond to an advocacy alert.
2. Post field-related information or opportunities on your online community/listserv.
3. Write an article for our Section's News & Events page.
4. Encourage a colleague to join APHA.
5. Review abstracts.