What do public health veterinarians do?

  • Address complex problems that relate to the health of animals and people
  • Operate as field epidemiologists investigating new and emerging diseases
  • Serve as leaders for zoonoses prevention and control programs such as rabies, foodborne illnesses, and arboviruses
  • Prepare and respond to bioterrorism and other public health emergencies
  • Work to ensure the health of humans and animals by promoting safe natural and working environments
  • Develop public policy at local, state, national, and international levels

DVM/MPH practice areas

  • Risk communication
  • Food safety
  • Zoonoses control
  • Public health leadership/policy
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Occupational health
  • Teaching and research
  • Epidemiology
  • Environmental health

Where do they work?

Private industry: Pharmaceutical and vaccine companies, food processors, medical device companies

Government agencies: Departments of Agriculture; Departments of Natural Resources, Departments of Public Health, Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

International organizations: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, World Health Organization, World Animal Health Organization

Uniformed services: Army Veterinary Corps, Air Force Health Officer, Public Health Corps

International public health agencies: Veterinarians without Borders, Heifer Project International, Pan American Health Organization

Veterinary Public Health DVM/MPH In-Depth Career Information

Current Student Profile

Jessica Gilliatt, DVM 2016

As I began to take classes at University of Minnesota, I was worried that I would not be able to utilize the degree I was working so hard to earn. I quickly realized with every class and with every day I worked I could find a way to utilize and spread the knowledge I was gaining. As a veterinarian at a general practice clinic as well as a high volume spay, neuter, vaccine clinic, I am happy to say that I am surrounded by public health. From how to educate new parents on reducing the risk of dog bites to their new baby to why they should vaccinate their dog against Leptospirosis, I look forward to using my education every day. I want everyone working toward their DVM/MPH to know that the opportunities within the field are endless and there are so many ways in which this degree can and needs to be used.

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