Program Alumni

The veterinary public health and preventive medicine (VPHPM) residency program draws veterinarians from around the world. Since inception the program has enrolled 45 residents.  The 37 alumni have gone onto diverse careers in government, academia, industry and international organizations.   

Residency Alumni


Larissa Minicucci, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM 
Director, DVM/MPH Program,
Hospital Epidemiologist,
Associate Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota

Nicole Neeser, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Dairy, Meat, Poultry and Egg Inspection
Minnesota Department of Agriculture


Heather Case, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Chief Executive Officer
International Council for Veterinary Assessment

Cecile Ferrouillet, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Research Officer
Université de Montréal,
Chair in Meat Safety Research

Tegwin Taylor, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Marine Mammal Center
Monteray Bay Operations


Linda Nelson, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Kololo Veterinary Service

Katherine Waters, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Executive MPH in Public Health Practice Program
School of Public Health
University of Minnesota

Tim Goldsmith, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Associate Clinical Professor
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota


Stephan Singleton Schaefbauer, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Assistant Director for Minnesota in SPRS District 3 
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

Kris McElroy, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Defense Support of Civil Authorities Coordinator
Veterinary Public Health Officer
Department of Defense


Barb Knust, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Special Pathogens Branch &
LCDR US Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control

Morgan Hennessey, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
USDA-APHIS Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH)

Jamie Umber, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Senior Veterinary Epidemiologist
Center for Infectious Disease Research & Policy (CIDRAP)
University of Minnesota


Brendan Lee, D.V.M., MSc., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Associate Professor & Head,
Department of Veterinary Biosciences
St. Matthew's University

MacDonald Farnham, D.V.M., M.S.
Agricultural Attaché
USDA APHIS / US Embassy Tokyo

Jennifer Wishnie (Koeman), D.V.M.,MSc., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant Professor
Department of Animal Science
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Patricia Bedford, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Public Health Veterinarian
Barbados Ministry of Agriculture


Girum Shferaw Ejigu, D.V.M. M.P.H 
Health Scientist
Division of Health Informatics and Surveillance
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Karin E. Hamilton, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant Professor
Director of VPHPM Residency Program
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota

Shauna J. Voss, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Senior Veterinarian
Minnesota Board of Animal Health


Shelley Mehlenbacher, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant State Veterinarian
State of Vermont

Michael Mahero, BvetMED, M.S, Dipl. ACVPM
NPGH NIH Fogarty International Center
Global Health Research Fellow
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Minnesota


Susan Gale, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Chief Veterinarian
Arizona Department of Gaming/Racing Division

Jeein Chung, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Deputy Program Manager for Science
TMC Global Professional Services, 

Timothy Snider, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Director of Health Assurance, European Region
PIC Europe
Barcelona, Spain


Minden Buswell, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Epidemiologist and Reserve Veterinary Corps Coordinator
Washington State Department of Agriculture

Cara Cherry, D.V.M, M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Veterinary Epidemiologist
Rickettsial Zoonoses Branch
Center for Disease Control

MAJ Sarah Easter Strayer, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
First Year Graduate Veterinary Education Instructor,
District Public Health Officer,
Public Health Command District - Fort Bragg
US Army

Jamie Middleton (Slingluff), D.V.M., M.S, M.P.H.
Deputy Director
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health


Darby Murphy, D.V.M., M.P.H.
LT Senior Assistant Veterinary Officer,
detailed as Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian to USDA FSIS
US Public Health Service

James Lee, D.V.M., M.S., M.P.H.
Epidemiologist Veterinary Medical Officer for New England
SPRS District 1


Ong-orn Prasarnphanich, D.V.M.
Director of Animal Human Interface Program (AHIP),  US CDC-Thailand
USAID EPT2: One Health Workforce Project  

Justin Bergeron, B.V.M.S.
Assistant State Veterinarian
State of Maine

Karen Lopez, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Assistant State Veterinarian
State of Delaware 

Gilbert Patterson, V.M.D., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Center for Animal Health in Appalachia Program Manager,
Principal Researcher
Lincoln Memorial University

Aimee Hunt, D.V.M., M.P.H., Dipl. ACVPM
Professional Development Services


Jessica Evanson, D.V.M., M.P.H.
Drug Residue Prevention Consultant
Minnesota Department of Agriculture

Francesca Contadini, D.V.M., Dipl. ACVPM, MRCVS
Teaching Fellow
University of Surrey School of Veterinary Medicine