CAHFS Spotlight: Gus Brihn

Our monthly series of CAHFS Spotlights highlights our residents, graduate students, faculty, and staff. This month, we're spotlighting one of our veterinary public health and preventive medicine residents, Dr. Gus Brihn.

How did you end up at the U of M? I did my undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota in Global Studies. I spent much of my degree international including a year in France and a semester in Namibia. After graduating I then returned to Namibia and worked for a research institution located outside Windhoek.

I became very interested in emergency medicine becoming a Wilderness First Responder and NR-EMT. This combined with my experience in Namibia lead me into the realm of zoonotic diseases and veterinary medicine. I did my veterinary degree at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. After graduation I spent time working in research, equine medicine and ultimately small animal emergency medicine in California.

What work do you do with CAHFS? Veterinary Public Health and Preventative Medicine Resident since July 2018.

What do you have a knack for? Investigatory work, problem solving and communication

What are you most passionate about professionally? Zoonotic disease outbreak investigation, prevention, and epidemiology with specific interest in highly infectious viral diseases. As well as bioterrorism, security, and defense.

Where can we find you when you are not working? You can find me rock climbing, doing Brazilian Jiu jitsu, or running trails.

Anything else you would like people to know about yourself? My partner (Katy) and I have a 12 year old Staffordshire terrier mix breed dog named Sweet Pea.

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