The veterinary public health and preventive medicine (VPHPM) residency program draws veterinarians from around the world. Since its inception, the program has enrolled 49 residents. The alumni have gone on to diverse careers in government, academia, industry, and international organizations.


Colin Yoder, DVM, MPH 


Addisalem Bedada, DVM, MPH

Janice Mladonicky, DVM, MPH


Lauren Bernstein, MVB, MPH
Researcher, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine
University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine

Gus Brihn, BVMS, MPH
Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) Officer
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

James Kincheloe, DVM, MPH
Food Safety Campaign Manager
Center for Science in the Public Interest


Heidi Vesterinen, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM
Senior Veterinarian


Jonathan Chapman, DVM, MPH, CPH
Director of Veterinary Education
San Diego Humane Society

Jacob DeVries, DVM
USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service

Riikka McLean, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM
Senior Inspector
Meat Inspection Unit, Finnish Food Safety Authority

Catherine (Carie) Alexander, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM
Secure Food Supply Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Agriculture


Jessica Evanson, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Drug Residue Prevention Consultant
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Francesca Contadini, D.V.M., Dipl. ACVPM, MRCVS
Teaching Fellow
University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine


Ong-orn Prasarnphanich, D.V.M.
Director of Animal Human Interface Program (AHIP), US CDC-Thailand
USAID EPT2: One Health Workforce Project

Justin Bergeron, B.V.M.S., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant State Veterinarian
State of Maine

Karen Lopez, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant State Veterinarian
State of Delaware

Gilbert Patterson, V.M.D., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant professor of Veterinary Medicine
Center for Animal Health in Appalachia Program Manager and Principal Researcher
Lincoln Memorial University

Aimee Hunt, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Veterinary Medical Officer (Epidemiology)
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services


Darby Murphy, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
LT Senior Assistant Veterinary Officer, detailed as Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian to USDA FSIS
US Public Health Service

James Lee, D.V.M., M.S., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Epidemiologist Veterinary Medical Office
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services


Minden Buswell, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Epidemiologist and Reserve Veterinary Corps Coordinator
Washington State Department of Agriculture

Cara Cherry, D.V.M, M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Veterinary Epidemiologist
Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch, Center for Disease Control

MAJ Sarah Easter Strayer, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Deputy Commander
U.S. Army Public Health Activity - Fort Bragg

Jamie Middleton (Slingluff), D.V.M., M.S, M.P.H.
Deputy Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Susan Gale, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Chief Veterinarian
Arizona Department of Gaming/Racing Division

Jeein Chung, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Deputy Program Manager for Science
TMC Global Professional Services, Uzbekistan

Timothy Snider, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Director of Health Assurance, European Region
PIC Europe
Barcelona, Spain


Shelley Mehlenbacher, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Foreign Service Officer Trainee
USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) International Services

Michael Mahero, BvetMED, M.S, Dipl. ACVPM
Director, Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota


Girum Shferaw Ejigu, D.V.M. M.P.H
Health Scientist
Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Karin E. Hamilton, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Global Programs Director,
Pre-Health Student Resource Center, University of Minnesota

Shauna J. Voss, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Senior Veterinarian
Minnesota Board of Animal Health


Brendan Lee, D.V.M., MSc., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
School of Veterinary Medicine
St. Matthew's University

MacDonald Farnham, D.V.M., M.S.
Agricultural Attaché
USDA APHIS / US Embassy Tokyo

Jennifer Wishnie (Koeman), D.V.M., MSc., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Science, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Patricia Bedford, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Public Health Veterinarian
Barbados Ministry of Agriculture


Barb Knust, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Viral Special Pathogens Branch and LCDR US Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control

Morgan Hennessey, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
USDA-APHIS Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH)

Jamie Umber, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Senior Veterinary Epidemiologist
Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP), University of Minnesota


Stephan Singleton Schaefbauer, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Assistant director for Minnesota, SPRS District 3
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

Kris McElroy, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Defense Support of Civil Authorities Coordinator and Veterinary Public Health Officer
Department of Defense


Linda Nelson, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Kololo Veterinary Service

Katherine Waters, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant professor
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Tim Goldsmith, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Associate Clinical Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota


Heather Case, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Chief Executive Officer
International Council for Veterinary Assessment

Cecile Ferrouillet, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Research officer and chair in meat safety research
Université de Montréal,

Tegwin Taylor, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Volunteer at the Marine Mammal Center
Monteray Bay Operations


Larissa Minicucci, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Director of the DVM/MPH program, hospital epidemiologist, and associate professor
College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota

Nicole Neeser, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Director of dairy, meat, poultry, and egg inspection
Minnesota Department of Agriculture