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About Animals, People, Pathogens

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Animal, People, Pathogens addresses specific aspects of emerging diseases around the world, focusing on the relationship between people and animals in the spread and perpetuation of disease.

I grew up in North Carolina, have a Bachelor’s degree in International Studies from American University in Washington, D.C., a veterinary degree from Cornell, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Iowa. My work as a veterinarian has taken me to small and mixed animal clinics in Florida, on a livestock-carrying ship in the North Atlantic, to East Africa as project manager for a livestock health project for the German branch of Veterinarians without Borders, to the US Department of Agriculture working on foreign animal disease surveillance, and back to the US as a consultant for importers of European dairy breeds to the tropics, among others. Prior to becoming a veterinarian, I worked from Paris, France as a free-lance journalist for a decade and a half, covering international affairs, business, and economics for various UK-, France-, and US-based publications.

These experiences have allowed me to witness many interesting aspects of emerging diseases – and to realize just how little we know about them. I don’t pretend to have all the answers, but I love trying to find them. If I can convey in Animals, People, Pathogens even a tiny portion of the fascination I feel when learning about these diseases, my goal will be achieved.

The views in these posts are my own.