May 2018 ADBCAP Newsletter

A field of flowers in Florida

Our team gathered in Orlando in January, not far from the UCF campus where a number of our key personnel work. Having left sub-freezing temperatures in Vermont, it was shocking to walk outside and find it the same temperature as indoors. But it was quite enjoyable, too! Tim Sellnow gave a few of us a tour as we searched for lunch on Monday. Seeing one of the fastest growing college campuses in the country was a real treat. We had a lot of give and take at our team meeting. Presentations by team members or groups of team members were interspersed with short presentations by our guests. I want to thank Dave Smith, Tim Goldsmith, Mike Sanderson, Lucas Pantaleon, Mo Salman, Matt Cochran, Michael Costin, Steve Van Wie, and Don Hoenig for joining us, sharing their experiences and perspectives, and giving us additional insights to keep in mind as we go forward with the project. I want to share a few of the take-aways that I felt were especially meaningful.

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.

%d bloggers like this: