Letters from the Director

CAHFS Announce New Director

Dr. Andres Perez is the new director of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS). Perez takes over for Dr. Scott Wells, who is stepping down after serving as director and co-director for the past six years. Perez joined the College in 2014 and is a veterinary epidemiologist specializing in the prevention and control of food animal diseases. He also holds the Global Animal Health and Food Safety endowed chair.

Letter from the Director - December 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.

Letter from the Director - March 2016

Safe, Secure and Sustainable

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.

Letter from the Director - September 2015

Community Reflections

Webster’s Dictionary defines “community” as a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

This summer I had the good fortune to participate in programs that took me to agricultural communities stretching from the African countries of Kenya, Ethiopia, and Zambia to the fertile plains of southern Minnesota. While the contrasts in efficiency and productivity were stark, I was deeply moved by the underlying spirit of community in all of the locations.

Letter from the Director - March 2015

Mission-driven, competency-oriented, results-focused

More than 2,000 graduate students and early to mid-career professionals have participated in one or more of the experiential learning opportunities initiated by the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (CAHFS) and its partners over the past decade. While this number is impressive, it only tells part of the story.

Letter from the Director - September 2014

How is CAHFS involved in assuring food security?

Security of the animal-based global food system is central to the mission of CAHFS.  As a food animal and public health veterinarian and Director of Academic Programs of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, animal health and food safety have been my consistent focus, though I have come to recognize that food security is a powerful way to characterize the societal need for our work.

Letter from the Director - December 2013

I recently had the opportunity to present a CAHFS update to the faculty of the Department of VPM of the CVM. In reviewing materials to develop the presentation, I was again reminded of the critical role CAHFS plays in impacting animal health, food safety, and public health globally. Thanks to the efforts of CAHFS faculty, staff, residents and graduate students in collaboration with numerous public-private partners, we continue to demonstrate success to facilitate collaborative research, build veterinary public health capacity, and deliver relevant outreach.