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


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 Kirshenbaum and Jessica Schwind to learn more about getting involved.

View our Veterinary Public Health One Health Newsletter

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

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 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, Jessica Schwind, and Web Editor, Venita Ramirez.

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. 

Veterinary Public Health Call For Abstracts—Deadline Extended!

APHA's 2019 Annual Meeting and Expo

Meeting theme: Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health.

Submission Deadline: Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019

The Call for Abstracts has been extended to Feb. 28, 2019. Thank you to all of those who have submitted abstracts for an oral or poster session! CE credit is available for veterinarians and veterinary technicians (please note that CE credit is managed by APHA and sign-up closes the last day of the conference). Details are posted here.

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:

  • 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: Connecting the human-animal bond and the impacts this dynamic relationship has on the environment.

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: Jessica Schwind     
Nominations Chair: Catherine Machalaba
Membership Chair: Melanie Kirshenbaum
Policy Chair: Bill Courtney
Program Planner: Tom Doker
Social Media Chair: Jessica Schwind
Treasurer: Ben Ashraf
Web Editor: Venita Ramirez

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