Veterinary Public Health Organization Club

Upcoming Events


Talk Series

The goal of this series is to bring speakers in from different areas of the public health arena to expose students to current issues in public health.


Applied Veterinary Public Health Series: Spring 2014

Lunch Talk: "Efforts and Employment in Public Health on the Global Field" with Dr. Edie Marshall

February 4, 2014

Dr. Marshall currently leads the Science Team for Signature Science, on behalf of Bechtel Inc., on the U.S. government-funded Cooperative Biological Engagement Program in Baku, Azerbaijan. She is working to improve surveillance capabilities for infectious disease in both humans and animals.  Dr. Marshall also works with Azerbaijani scientists to help them develop and execute their own research projects.

Lunch Talk: "Public Health and Regulatory Medicine of Meat Processing" with Dr. Yudhibir Sharma (USDA FSIS)

February 12, 2014

A slaughter facility?! The government!?!? Scary, right? Nope! Learn why they are important, great (not so scary either) when run correctly, and how Public Health Veterinarians keep our food supply safe.

Please join VPHO and FARM for this lunch talk on Wednesday, February 12th at 12pm in Valley 1020. United States Department of Agriculture, Food Safety and Inspection Service, Deputy District Manager for CA, AZ, and NV, Dr. Yudhbir Sharma, DVM, and Livingston/Modesto area Frontline Supervisor, Dr. Gregory Abreu, DVM will be speaking about regulatory medicine for meat processing.

Lunch Talk: "Veterinary Involvement in the California Epidemiologic Investigation Service" with Dr. Elizabeth Roberts, Dr. Monica Murphy, and Dr. Karen Ramstrom (EIS)

 March 10, 2014

Elizabeth Roberts, DVM, MPH

Elizabeth completed her MPH at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and her DVM at the University of California, Davis. Her MPH concentration was in infectious diseases, with a project that examined the epidemiology of H5N1 in migratory birds. Following her MPH she worked in shelter medicine, including medical and surgical outreach in underserved communities. For the past two years she worked as a public health veterinarian for San Mateo County, primarily with the Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Communicable Disease Departments. Her interests include all things public health, and her goals are to practice public health at the state or federal level.

Monica Murphy, DVM, MPH

After graduating from University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and completing two clinical internships at University of Pennsylvania, Monica practiced small and exotic animal medicine in Seattle and New York, and then went back to school to earn her MPH from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2010. Her interests include infectious disease epidemiology and environmental health. She has for the last two years been working as a writer, co-authoring the book, Rabid: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Diabolical Virus. Following completion of her Cal-EIS fellowship, Monica hopes to practice public health at the state or local level.

Karen Ramstrom, DO, MSPH

Director of CAL-EIS

Superior Farms Lunch Talk

March 13, 2014

As a second part to our Superior Farms slaughterhouse and processing facility tour on Monday, we are bringing the Superior Farms Quality Assurance Veterinarian, Dr. Melissa Garrod-VanLaningham, to give an informal talk about the life of a veterinarian in the food safety field

Current Events in Public Health Series: Fall 2013

Info Talk: "Plumb Island Scholarship" with Michelle Sanborn c/o 2015

September 2013

"Murine Typhus in Feral Cats" with Shelter Medicine Club

October 15, 2013

"Backyard Chickens with Dr. Maurice Pitesky" with AEMC and Poultry Medicine Club

October 29, 2013


Wet Labs/Tours/Events/Exercises

Outbreak Simulation Wetlab

Saturday April 5  2014

UC Davis Veterinary Public Health Organization (VPHO) with the help of veterinarians, animal health technicians, and staff from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will put on an outbreak simulation wet lab. Students will participate in this event to work through a simulated vesicular disease outbreak that is presumptively positive for Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD). In this simulation, students will play the role of temporary federal employees, that would be mobilized in this situation under the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC).

The goals of the exercise included: Familiarizing students with the government-approved biosecurity procedures involved in handling a suspected foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak

  • Understanding how to establish biosecurity zones on the infected premise, use PPE, and decontaminate all involved personnel and equipment
  • Understanding how to collect, package, and label samples from exposed animals, including blood samples as well as nasal and oral swabs
  • Understanding the epidemiology of a FAD (particularly FMD) outbreak, including the establishment of zones around the infected premise, trace-in and trace-out investigations, and how to conduct the epidemiological interview
  • Understanding how premises quarantines and movement controls work in such a situation, including state and federal level quarantines as well as how quarantines can be lifted.

Students will split into 3 groups, which rotate between a sheep handling and sample collection station, an epidemiology station, and a quarantine station, where the above-mentioned topics were explored. Students will stay at each station for around 30-40 minutes. These groupings may be revisited in future execution of the wet lab to allow students more hands-on time for additional practice of sheep handling skills, including restraint, physical exam, and blood draws.

Superior Farms Field Trip

March 10, 2014

SuperiorFarms fabricates carcasses into cuts for retail and food service customers and harvests around 1200 head of lamb, goat, and mutton per day. We have the opportunity to tour the entire operation! This is a really awesome opportunity to learn more about the slaughter process and how a slaughter facility is run! As food animal and public health enthusiasts, it is really important to have a good understanding of these aspects of the food animal industry.

Scrapie Sampling Wetlab

Unfortunately due to the Governement shutdown we cannot guarantee the Scrapie wetlab this year, but we hope to bring it back next year