The veterinary preventive medicine and public health (VPHPM) residency is a two-year program designed for early- to mid-career veterinarians.  Residents will be provided experiences that will allow them to gain competence in the following areas:

  • Infectious and Zoonotic Diseases
  • Food Safety and Production Systems
  • Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Disease Surveillance and Management
  • Animal Welfare and Human Animal Bond
  • Policy Administration
  • Health Education and Teaching
  • Communication
  • Project Management

Residency Structure

Residents of the VPHPM program are assigned to an array of teaching, research and service projects that are intended to provide a variety of public health practice learning opportunities. Projects range from local to international in scope and involve partnerships with government, corporate enterprises, and 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. Program experiences qualify a resident to sit for American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) boards.

  • VPHPM residents are hired as employees of the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety with time available for Masters of Public Health coursework
  • The appointment includes both health insurance and tuition benefits 
  • The program on average trains 6-7 residents at a time


Mentoring is a critical component of the program, and as such, each resident is assigned a mentor who provides guidance throughout the residency. 

  • Residents meet regularly with their mentors and the program coordinator to obtain feedback on their performance
  • Residents meet on a semi-annual basis with the residency directors to review their progress in competency areas and discuss their project work 

Dr. Karin Hamilton serves as the residency director. She has overall responsibility for the residents including the coordination of workload assignments and ensuring that all the VPHPM resident projects have faculty leadership and oversight.