What We Do

The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) partners to promote a safe and secure food supply, while protecting the health and wellbeing of animals, humans, and the environment.

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Creating and facilitating strong working relationships among food systems professionals and organizations, governmental entities, and academia is at the core of CAHFS. CAHFS believes an interdisciplinary approach is required to successfully address food safety issues drawing upon the knowledge, skills, and vision of all those involved.

Working with our partners, CAHFS strives to effectively address animal and food safety issues so that people and animals can live healthier lives through:

  • Research development: We support faculty and researchers at the University of Minnesota to develop projects that empower international research collaborations and catalyze their impact.
  • eLearning: We translate University knowledge and research into innovative online education initiatives for students, veterinarians, and professionals.
  • Public policy: We help partners consider the policy system for their health challenges, and identify opportunities to influence policy and program development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Data analysis: We use quantitative epidemiology methods to build near-real-time systems for the prevention and mitigation of disease impact.
  • Veterinary public health residency: We contribute to the development of the next generation of public health professionals with specialized, vigorous training and hands-on practice

Annual reports

Cover of the 2019 annual report document

The CAHFS annual report provides an overview of the activities conducted by our programs and projects, and the efforts we have made to contribute to a safer and more secure world for all of us.

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report