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Alda Pires- DVM, MPVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM
Lecturer and Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension
Population Health & Reproduction


apires@ucdavis.edu

   

Research Focus

Quantitative methods to identify strategies that improve animal health and control infectious diseases in livestock on small-scale farms. Interested in applying and developing epidemiological tools to monitor potential food safety hazards and identify strategies to reduce the dissemination of foodborne pathogens in pre-harvest small farm environments and the spread of infectious disease in the food supply. Also interested in integrating epidemiological methods such as temporal-spatial, molecular analysis and risk assessment in order to support risk-based surveillance and infectious disease control strategies, and the improvement of animal health and food safety.


Specialty Focus

Epidemiology; Food Safety

Education

1999 DVM , Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD), Vila Real, Portugal
2007 MPVM Population Health and Epidemiology, University of California, Davis, CA
2008 , University of California, Davis, CA
2012 PhD Epidemiology Concentration, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

Licenses

Portuguese Veterinary Association (Ordem dos Médicos Veterinários OMV), C.P. 2367
Board Certification - American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Active Research Grants

Collaborator, Development of an early-warning system based real-time risk assessment for the prevention, early detection and rapid control of Avian Influenza in CA poultry industry, Martinez Lopez B (Principal Investigator), UC Davis: Academic Senate

Principal Investigator, Needs assessment to characterize the use of soil amendments and microbial food safety best practices in organic and sustainable agriculture, (Principal Investigator), USDA: NIFA: OREI

Principal Investigator, Needs assessment in small-scale farms and urban animal agriculture in Western States, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis: Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH): Formula Funds

Principal Investigator, Evaluation of the prevalence and persistence of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) on organic mixed crop-livestock farms that integrate sheep grazing within vegetable fields’, (Principal Investigator), UC Davis: Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH): Hatch Funds

Most Recent 10 Publications

  • Alda Pires: Lipid mobilization assessment in transition dairy cattle using ultrasound biomarkers 2015 Streider-Barboza C, Zondlak A, Kayitsinga J, Pires AFA, Contreas GA Lipid mobilization assessment in transition dairy cattle using ultrasound biomarkers Livest Sci,
  • Alda Pires: Assessment of a fluorescent antibody test for the detection of antibodies against epizootic bovine abortion 2014 Blanchard MT, Anderson ML, Hoar BR, Pires AFA, Blanchard PC, Yeargan BV, Teglas MB, Belshaw M, Stott JL Assessment of a fluorescent antibody test for the detection of antibodies against epizootic bovine abortion J Vet Diagn Invest,
  • Alda Pires: Risk factors associated with persistence of Salmonella in finishing swine 2014 Pires AFA, Funk JA, Bolin C Risk factors associated with persistence of Salmonella in finishing swine Prev Vet Med,
  • Alda Pires: Longitudinal study to evaluate the association between thermal environment and Salmonella shedding in a Midwestern US swine farm 2013 Pires AFA, Funk JA, Manuzon R, Darr M, Zhao L Longitudinal study to evaluate the association between thermal environment and Salmonella shedding in a Midwestern US swine farm Prev Vet Med,
  • Alda Pires: Enumeration of Salmonella in feces of naturally infected pigs 2013 Pires AFA, Funk JA, Lim A, Bolin SR Enumeration of Salmonella in feces of naturally infected pigs Foodborne Pathog Dis,
  • Alda Pires: Longitudinal study of Salmonella shedding in naturally infected finishing pigs 2013 Pires AFA, Funk J, Bolin C Longitudinal study of Salmonella shedding in naturally infected finishing pigs Epidemiol Infect,
  • Alda Pires: Serological response to administration of Brucella abortus RB51 vaccine in beef and dairy heifers, using needle-free and standard needle-based injection systems 2011 Pires AFA, Hoar BR, Sischo W, Olsen SC Serological response to administration of Brucella abortus RB51 vaccine in beef and dairy heifers, using needle-free and standard needle-based injection systems The Bovine Practitioner,