Global Animal Health and Food Safety

Office of the Endowed Chair, Global Animal Health and Food Safety

The Endowed Chair in Global Animal Health and Food Safety (GAHFS) was established to engage individuals and organizations in the integration and dissemination of knowledge that promotes innovative, responsible and effective solutions to animal health and food safety challenges at local, national and global levels.

GAHFS seeks to identify workforce development gaps by engaging cross-sectoral partners from government and academia through policy development while building new frameworks and tools designed to improve outcomes. An essential element of all GAHFS’ programs is establishing evaluative criteria from the beginning so that outcomes are measurable and targeted impacts actualized. A strong and engaged partner network is crucial to support the policy continuum.

Dr. Andres PerezDr. Andres Perez

Current initiatives include expanding research opportunities in Ibero-America through developing an extensive local network of collaboration focused on addressing complex issues at the convergence of animals, environment, and public health, while fostering a culture of serendipity and partnership. And, through education and outreach programs, such as ProgRESSVet, GAHFS works to build capacity in veterinary services while focusing on projects that have real-world solutions with immediate impact.

Dr. Andres Perez, DVM, PhD, director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, was named the endowed chair in 2015. Over the past 10 years, he has led a number of educational activities on quantitative epidemiology worldwide, with a focus in capacity-building that sets the stage for international research partnerships.