Collaborators & Sponsors

Project collaboration

The University of Minnesota Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine (VPHPM) residency programmodel provides a unique opportunity for partnering organizations to add value to their projects. Collaborative projects provide additional resources to address areas of need or emerging issues. In addition to highly skilled residents, partnering organizations gain access to U of MN CAHFS faculty expertise.

Project scope

VPHPM residents are assigned to an array of teaching, research, and service projects that provide a variety of public health practice learning opportunities. Projects range in scope from local to international, and involve partnerships with government, industry, corporate enterprises, and other University stakeholders. Integration and application of basic science, epidemiology, and population medicine are used to affect policy and educate the public about public health, preventive medicine, animal health, and food safety issues.

Assignments are based on a resident's interests as well as the residency program's needs. Residents do not focus exclusively on a single project for any sustained period of time. Rather, residents have a variety of responsibilities spanning multiple species and projects in order to gain a breadth of public health practice experience.

VPHPM residency-associated project stakeholders have included:

  • American Egg Board
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA - APHIS)
  • Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
  • Banfield
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (USDA - CEAH)
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • Food Protection and Defense Institute
  • Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership
  • Health Food-Healthy Lives, a University of Minnesota Presidential Initiative
  • Minnesota Beef Council
  • Minnesota Department of Agriculture
  • Minnesota Department of Health
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Minnesota’s Discovery, Research, and InnoVation Economy
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
  • National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense
  • National Institute of Food and Agriculture
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
  • National Pork Board
  • National Veterinary Stockpile Program
  • OIE (World Organization for Animal Health)
  • United States Agency for International Development
  • United States Animal Health Association
  • United States Department of State
  • University of Minnesota Academic Health Center
  • Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Zoetis

Involve a resident in your project

When working with a resident, it is important to keep the following in mind:

  • Contracts are managed through the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety
  • Resident time is billed at an hourly rate
  • Residents are typically contracted at 10-20 hours per week, depending on project needs
  • Preference will be given to  projects that allow residents to gain competence in program core areas
  • Projects can range in length of time