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The Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) improves global animal health, food safety, and public health by building veterinary public health capacity, providing risk assessments and policy summaries, facilitating collaborative research, responding to emerging foreign animal diseases, and delivering relevant outreach.

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:

  • leadership development and skill building courses and activities that utilize an experiential educational design, specifically for adult learners
  • promotion of trans-disciplinary, cross-sectoral collaboration to address global grand challenges using systems thinking
  • collaboration on One Health approaches for addressing the complex challenges at the interfaces of human, animal and environmental health
  • facilitation of public-private-academic partnerships involving government agencies, private sector companies and organizations, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, and educational institutions from the U.S., and around the world  
  • summary of current scientific knowledge about pressing food, agriculture and nutrition related issues in simple formats using non-technical language through the Food Policy Research Center
  • establishment of a two year Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residency program and Dual DVM/MPH degree programs
  • development of risk assessments and workshops