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 the effect animal agriculture may be having on the climate, as well as the effect a changing climate may have on animal agriculture.

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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.

Short on time? There are several other ways to be involved in our SPIG:

  • Respond to an advocacy alert.
  • Post field-related information or opportunities on APHA Connect.
  • Encourage a colleague to join APHA.

Please contact Melanie Lieberman and Jessica Schwind to learn more about getting involved.

Our Call for APHA 2020 Abstracts is now live!

We are accepting abstracts for oral or poster presentations in San Francisco on October 24-28th during the 2020 annual meeting. Topics considered will include those covering the impact of One Health issues (such as animal-human-ecosystem interaction, zoonoses and vector-borne diseases, food safety, antimicrobial resistance, and Veterinary Public Health), especially those related to this year’s theme of Violence Prevention. The program will consist of two or three 90-minute sessions of four 15- to 20-minute presentations along with at least one additional poster session addressing the following suggested themes:

  • How Does Veterinary Public Health Support One Health Issues?
  • Occupational Risks for Zoonotic Disease Exposures (including those associated with pathogens developing antimicrobial resistance)
  • One Health Epidemiology and Informatics: How Can Technological Advancements Help Surveillance, Diagnosis, Reporting, and Response to Diseases and Other Public Health Issues?
  • One Health Surveillance of Emerging Zoonoses, Vector-Borne Diseases, and the Link to Ecosystem Change
  • One Health for Violence Prevention and Intervention: Impacts of the Human-Animal Bond
  • The Role of Veterinary Public Health in Supporting a Sustainable and Healthy Food System

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 suitable for planned co-sessions with other APHA sections. For more information, check out: Please share widely!

Join our Billion Steps Challenge Team!

APHA's Billion Steps Challenge makes it easy and fun to promote good health and physical activity in the new year. As a group, we are trying to reach a collective billion steps before the end of National Public Health Week in April. For more information, check out: and join our special VPH SPIG team 'One Healthiest' today.

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 500 words) 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, Jessica Schwind, and Web Editor, Venita Ramirez.

View our Veterinary Public Health One Health Newsletter

Our newsletters features One-Health related news and opportunities, and it showcases the great work our SPIG members are performing around the world. View the newsletters here:

December 2019

September 2019

May 2019

Featured Public Health Resources

One Health Opportunity Bulletin Boards:  Includes links to ongoing One Health educational, employment, and funding opportunities. The global One Health Community is encouraged to both submit and review announcements here.

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. 

Contact Us

Chair: Melanie Lieberman

Chair-Elect: Jessica Schwind

Immediate Past Chair: Catherine Machalaba

Governing Councilor: Tom Doker

Section Councilors: Bill Courtney, Nivedita Ravi-Shah, Bonnie Chu

Secretary: Eri Togami

Program Chair: Stephanie Masiello, Tom Doker

Nominations Chair: Catherine Machalaba

Membership Chair: Holly Richmond

Communications Chair: Jessica Schwind

APHA Connect Moderator: Jessica Schwind, Venita Ramirez

Web Editor: Venita Ramirez

Social Media Coordinator: Jessica Schwind

For leadership contact information, log into APHA Connect using your member credentials.

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