January 2016 ADBCAP Newsletter

Four cows in a field

Almost two years ago a talented group of individuals accepted my invitation to work together to develop an innovative integrative approach to address the problem of livestock animal health protection. We were thrilled that our proposal was selected for funding by USDA NIFA. It has been rewarding to see the group evolve into a functional team.

In April 2015, we gathered face-to-face, many of us meeting in person for the first time. When we gathered again in November, the interconnections between project components really began to gel and the team was ready to incorporate feedback from a select group of advisors who attended the meeting. The ADBCAP newsletter is one way we can connect with additional stakeholders and advisors. We look forward to your involvement and input over the next four years. Spanning three time zones and situated in eight states, the project team collaborators come to the table with a wealth of expertise. The intent of this issue of the newsletter is to introduce them to you and help you better understand the goals and objectives of the project.

Julie Smith DVM, PhD, is a research associate professor at the University of Vermont. Julie received her B.S. in Biological Sciences, D.V.M., and Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition at Cornell University. Since joining the Department of Animal and Veterinary Sciences in 2002, she has applied her veterinary background to programs in the areas of herd health, calf and heifer management, and agricultural emergency management. She is responsible for teaching the undergraduate Animal Welfare class required of majors in her department. Julie has conducted trainings for Extension educators, livestock producers, and community members on the risks posed by a range of animal diseases, whether they already exist in the United States, exist outside of the United States, or pose a risk to both animal and human health. In all cases, she emphasizes the importance of awareness and prevention. As a veterinarian and spouse of a dairy farmer, Julie is well aware of the animal health and well-being concerns of dairy animals. She is currently leading the ADBCAP, a multi-species, multi-state project looking at the human behavioral aspects of implementing practices to protect animal health and food security.

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