Letter from the director

January 31, 2019
Over the last 10,000 years or so, pigs and humans have developed a close relationship. Ever since pigs were first domesticated, swine production has played a key role in sustaining human populations.
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October 4, 2018
For millennia, humankind has used antibiotics to treat infections empirically, even before knowing those infections were caused by bacteria—or that bacteria existed. Yet, as antimicrobials have flourished, so too has antimicrobial resistance in bacteria, leading to a prediction that by 2050 over 10 million people will die annually due to AMR.
May 29, 2018
One of the most important challenges humankind faces today is the expected increase in population size, with projections—supported by the United Nations—that the world population will reach the 9 billion mark by the year 2050. Population growth will consequently lead to an unprecedented increase in food demand. Although all food animal industries will continue to work to prepare and adapt to satisfy that demand, consensus is that aquaculture will play a significant role in the future of food security.
November 7, 2017
As I am attending the Allen D. Leman Swine Conference in St. Paul with a stunning view of the Mississippi river, I am reflecting on change and these words from the Greek philosopher Heraclitus come to mind: “No man ever steps in the same river twice.”
June 29, 2017
At an out-of-state meeting a few months ago, I was challenged by two of our former Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine Residents, now both working to improve animal health and food safety in different ways, to create the opportunity for a veterinary public health residency alumni reunion.
December 1, 2016
We all need to eat to stay healthy. Helping to assure the security and safety of our food supply is a critical challenge here in the US and abroad, and one of the ways we at the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) and College of Veterinary Medicine work to meet this challenge is by controlling important infectious diseases of livestock and poultry that pose economic, trade, and public health risks.
September 1, 2016
Recent outbreaks of infectious diseases, including highly pathogenic avian influenza and Zika virus, as well as occupational health challenges faced by farm workers and ongoing challenges of antimicrobial resistance, demonstrate the continued need for well-trained veterinary public health professionals.
June 1, 2016
As we continue our march into the 21st century with all of its global grand challenges nipping at our heels, we might take some time to pause and reflect on the words of Darwin. “those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed.” It is far less about the survival of the fittest and much more about collaboration in the face of challenge. In Darwin’s words: "...those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed."
March 1, 2016
I returned to the office today after three weeks in Uruguay working on cattle and sheep health research projects in collaboration with Uruguay’s National Institute for Veterinary Research, Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and University of the Republic. While a small country, Uruguay lies in the middle of a large cattle and sheep-producing region of the world, between Brazil and Argentina.
December 1, 2015
Feeding the planet responsibly is one of the most important challenges facing humankind today. As the recently named Endowed Chair for Global Animal Health and Food Safety at the University of Minnesota, I see access to food as a prerequisite for global social and economic development.

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