Veterinary Public Health

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

We currently focus on offering stimulating educational programs in the areas of: 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
Awards Chair: Tom Doker
Booth Coordinator: Melanie Kirshenbaum
Councilor (Member-at-Large): Tom Gecewicz
Communications Chair: Chelsea Schafer 
Connect Moderator: Chelsea Schafer     
Nominations Chair: Catherine Machalaba
Membership Chair: Melanie Kirshenbaum
Policy Chair: Bill Courtney
Program Planner: Chelsea Schafer and Tom Doker
Social Media Chair: Jessica Schwind
Treasurer: Ben Ashraf
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 Membership or Communications Committee. Please contact Melanie Kirshenbaum and Chelsea Schafer to learn more about getting involved. 

Call For Abstracts and Reviewers

Interested in helping us review abstracts this year? Please complete for Review Submission Form. The deadline is Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

We are still taking abstracts!
Meeting theme — Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now
Submission Deadline: Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018

Topics considered will include those covering the impact of One Health issues (animal-human-ecosystem interaction, zoonoses, food safety, and Veterinary Public Health), especially those related to Health Equity. The program will consist of two or three 90-minute sessions of four 15 to 20 minute presentations along with an additional poster session addressing the following suggested topics:

  • Evidence-based practice utilizing the One Health approach
  • Health disparities across Humans, Animals, and the Environment
  • Connecting the human-animal bond and health benefits across the economy
  • Emerging infectious diseases and the One Health perspective
  • Occupational risks for zoonotic disease exposures (including those associated with pathogens developing antimicrobial resistance)
  • One Health: Addressing threats, impacts, and opportunities at the human-animal-ecosystem interface as a result of human health equity
  • One Health epidemiology: How can technological advancements help surveillance, diagnosis, reporting, and response to emerging infectious diseases?
  • Connecting the human-animal bond and health benefits across the economy 
  • Emerging infectious diseases and the One Health perspective 
  • Evidence-based practice utilizing the One Health approach 
  • Health disparities across Humans, Animals, and the Environment 
  • Occupational risks for zoonotic disease exposures (including those associated with pathogens developing antimicrobial resistance) 
  • One Health epidemiology: How can technological advancements help surveillance, diagnosis, reporting, and response to emerging infectious diseases? 
  • One Health: Addressing threats, impacts, and opportunities at the human-animal-ecosystem interface as a result of human health equity 

All accepted abstracts will be grouped into appropriate sessions using the above suggestions as a guide. However, all Veterinary Public Health and One Health topics will be considered. Submitted abstracts may also be appropriate for planned co-sessions with other APHA sections.
https://apha.confex.com/apha/ 2018/vet.htm

Share Your Story

Are you involved in a work-related or community-based initiative or event? Does it complement our focus to influence the human-animal connection and advance the One Health concept? If so, we want to share your story via our newsletter and social media sites! You can either submit a full article (maximum 300 words count) or submit a 1-2 sentence quote with a link referencing an existing article. An accompanying photo is encouraged but not required. To share your story, please send it to our Communications Chair, Chelsea Schafer, and Web Editor, Venita Ramirez.

Featured Public Health Resources

CDC — One Health: Provides information, graphics and activities related to current zoonotic disease and food safety concerns.

WHO — Zoonoses and VPH: Global charity that provides funding to individuals and groups across a broad range of health related initiatives, including vaccine development and tackling antimicrobial resistance.

National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians: Offers information on the role of state health department employed veterinarians who work in Epidemiology, Toxicology or Environmental divisions to inform public health procedures related to zoonotic disease in the US. 

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