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 Chelsea Schafer to learn more about getting involved.


View our Veterinary Public Health One Health Newsletter

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

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, Chelsea Schafer, 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. 

Theme suggestions needed for APHA's 2020 Annual Meeting and Expo in San Francisco

 APHA members are invited to submit suggestions for program emphasis for the 2020 APHA Annual Meeting and Expo. Send suggestions and a 200-word rationale by April 2. Suggestions will be considered by APHA's Science Board." If you have a One Health related theme suggestion, you can also submit it to the VPH SPIG. Visit our Facebook site to submit.


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

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