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Foreign Animal Disease Training Course


Foreign Animal Disease Training Course
July 23 — 27, 2012
Fort Collins, Colorado

C. Brown / P. Fitzmaurice / T. Manns / L. Miller / K. Pabilonia / A. Pelzel / J. Rhyan / K. Roehr / M.D. Salman / B. Slenning / N. Striegel / D. Van Metre / W. White

Dr. Corrie BrownDr. Corrie Brown
Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor
Department of Veterinary Pathology
College of Veterinary Medicine
University of Georgia

Dr. Corrie Brown received her B.Sc. in Animal Behavior from McGill University and her DVM from Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph (1981). She completed a combined residency/PhD in Comparative Pathology at the University of California at Davis. Board certification (ACVP) and PhD were both attained in 1986. She was an assistant professor of pathology at Louisiana State University briefly before joining the U.S. Department of Agriculture at Plum Island, where, as Head of the Pathology Section, she specialized in the diagnosis and pathogenesis of foreign animal diseases. In 1996, she joined the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine as Professor and Head of the Department of Veterinary Pathology.

Dr. Brown's professional interests are in infectious diseases of food-producing animals, emerging diseases, and international veterinary medicine. She has published or presented over 250 scientific papers and has testified to Congress on issues involving agriterrorism. She has served on numerous industrial and federal panels, and worked with many foreign governments in building animal health infrastructure.  Dr. Brown’s loves of infectious diseases, pathology, people, food animals, and different cultures have come together into a career that lets her enjoy all of these!


Ms. Priscilla FitzMauriceMs. Priscilla FitzMaurice
Geologist/GIS Specialist
Office for International Collaboration & Coordination
USDA, APHIS, VS, Centers for Epidemiology & Animal Health

Priscilla FitzMaurice is a geologist and a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialist with the USDA APHIS Veterinary Services’ Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her primary work involves using GIS technologies to locate environmentally suitable disposal sites for mass mortalities during animal disease emergencies while adhering to federal, state, and local regulations. In addition, she is responsible for developing and delivering training courses that emphasize the use of open-source GIS and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) applications. This training is offered nationally and internationally to VS’ collaborators and partners with the purpose of expanding skills in collecting, storing, and analyzing geospatial data for disease mitigation, surveillance, and emergency response.

Ms. FitzMaurice obtained her B.S. degree in Geology at Boise State University and M.S. degree in Geology at the University of Utah. Her career has spanned both the public and private sector, and includes work in petroleum exploration, seismic interpretation, geologic field mapping, technical sales and marketing, and geospatial and remote sensing applications. Her career began as an exploration geologist/geophysicist with Conoco, Inc. in Denver. Several years later, she started Prospex, Inc., an independent seismic exploration company, with two other partners. In the early 1990’s, she began her government career with the U.S. Geological Survey. In this capacity, she managed the Central Regional Geology Sediment Lab in Golden, CO, worked on a field study at the Nevada Test Site, and joined the GIS mapping team. Her geospatial career continued to gain momentum with while working at I-Cubed, a remote sensing company in Fort Collins. She joined CEAH in 1997.


Mr. Todd MannsMr. Todd Manns
The Blue Cell,LLC
Aurora, Colorado

Mr. Todd Manns’ background includes service in the United States Marine Corps. Reserve, law enforcement experience as a SWAT officer and operational sniper, managerial and policy implementation as an interim Chief of Police, and various assignments in support of U.S. efforts against global terror. Todd has been contracted as a consultant to elements of U.S military Special Forces, the U.S. Army Garrison Command at Fort Carson Colorado, and has written the emergency response plans for over 20 water districts across the country. He is a certified instructor for over 20 courses for members of the National Consortium on Domestic Preparedness thru the Department of Homeland Security and the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

Mr. Manns is a certified instructor in all levels of the new all hazard ICS curriculum and instructs the EMI L-449 train the trainer, and is a credentialed Career and Technical Education instructor by the Colorado State Board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education. He is also a FEMA instructor for the national ICS position specific training and has taught those courses nationally. Todd is a certified all hazards type III planning section chief in incident command. He is the former planning section chief for the Eastern Colorado Incident Management team, which covers all hazards regions of Colorado and 22 counties.

In 2010 Mr. Manns founded The Blue Cell, LLC. A planning company with offices in Ft. Worth Texas and Aurora, Colorado, The Blue Cell provides training services, exercise design services, consulting services (to include subject matter expert courtroom testimony and homeland security compliant architectural services) and deployment services both nationally and outside of the United States.


Ms. Lori MillerMs. Lori Miller
Senior Staff Officer, Environmental Engineer
National Center for Animal Health Emergency Services

Ms. Miller is an Environmental Engineer licensed in Maryland with almost 25 years experience in environmental remediation, environmental regulatory compliance, project management, engineering design and construction oversight. For the past 10 years, Ms. Miller has served in various roles with USDA, including Senior Remedial Project Manager of USDA’s largest Superfund Site, and most recently as decontamination and disposal subject matter expert for APHIS’ animal health emergency response planning and preparedness activities. At this time, Ms. Miller is involved in several projects related to improving America’s capability to respond to animal health emergencies in collaboration with both domestic and international partners. Ms. Miller currently resides in Maryland with her husband and two daughters.


Dr. Kristy PabiloniaDr. Kristy Pabilonia
Avian Disease Diagnostic Veterinarian
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
Colorado State University

After graduation from veterinary school, Dr. Kristy Pabilonia completed a Microbiology Residency at Colorado State University, where she studied infectious disease and laboratory diagnostics, with an emphasis in poultry diseases.  She is currently a Diagnostic Veterinarian and Assistant Professor at Colorado State University.  In this position, she oversees two sections of the CSU Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (Avian Diseases and BSL3 Select Agents) and teaches veterinary students a variety of course topics, including veterinary microbiology, emerging infectious diseases and diseases of poultry.

Kristy serves as Coordinator of the Colorado Avian Disease Surveillance Program and is the Colorado Coordinator of the National Poultry Improvement Plan.  She is also involved with the National Animal Health Laboratory Network.  Kristy is currently working on numerous avian influenza and infectious disease research projects in the US and Indonesia.  In addition, she has served as an instructor for various infectious disease and laboratory diagnostics training courses around the world.  She is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists.


Dr. Angela PelzelDr. Angela M. Pelzel
Western Regional Epidemiologist - Poultry, Equine
USDA APHIS Veterinary Services

Dr. Angela Pelzel is a Regional Epidemiologist with USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services in Fort Collins, CO. She obtained her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in 2001 from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. She then spent three years exclusively in equine private practice in central Texas before becoming an epidemiologist for the Texas Animal Health Commission. Dr. Pelzel joined APHIS, Veterinary Services in 2005 as the Area Epidemiology Officer for Texas. In 2006, she was promoted to Regional Epidemiologist and currently covers poultry and equine disease outbreaks for the western 23 states in the U.S. Dr. Pelzel has served as lead epidemiologist for more than 20 state, regional, and national disease outbreak responses to a number of reportable diseases, including brucellosis, tuberculosis, anthrax, malignant catarrhal fever, vesicular stomatitis, cattle babesiosis, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, equine infectious anemia, avian influenza, contagious equine metritis, and equine piroplasmosis. Dr. Pelzel also currently serves as the leader of the National Equine Piroplasmosis Working Group.


Dr. Jack RhyanDr. Jack Rhyan
Wildlife Disease Investigator
USDA, APHIS, VS, WRO, National Wildlife Research Center

Dr. Rhyan is a veterinarian and wildlife disease investigator for the APHIS, VS Western Regional office and is located at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, CO. He received his DVM and MS from Auburn University and has maintained an interest in wildlife diseases during four years of mixed veterinary practice, nine years as a pathologist in state diagnostic laboratories and seven years at the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, IA. Since 1997, Jack has been located at the National Wildlife Research Center in Fort Collins, CO, where he's involved in research on brucellosis in wildlife, oral vaccine development for wildlife applications, contraception as a tool for wildlife disease management, marine mammal brucellosis, foot and mouth disease in wildlife, and chronic wasting disease in cervids.


Dr. Keith RoehrDr. Keith Roehr
State Veterinarian
Colorado Department of Agriculture

Dr. Keith Roehr was raised on a family farm in western Kansas that included irrigated corn and wheat production in addition to small cow/calf and swine operations. He completed his DVM from Kansas State University in 1981 and entered private practice. He practiced mixed and small animal veterinary medicine until 1995. In 1995, Dr. Roehr joined the State Veterinarian's Office of the Colorado Department of Agriculture and is Colorado State Veterinarian. Dr. Roehr is past-president of the Western States Livestock Health Association. Currently, he is a member of the US Animal Health Association, and is past co-chairman for the committee of Animal Emergency Management. In 2011, Dr. Roehr became the president of the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials.


Dr. Mo SalmanDr. Mo Salman
Founder & Director, Animal Population Health Institute
Professor of Veterinary Epidemiology
Department of Clinical Sciences
Colorado State University

Dr. Mo Salman is a Professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences and founder and director of the Animal Population Health Institute of College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. In 2008, Dr. Salman was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Colorado State University Office of International Programs and also received the Colorado State University’s Scholarship Impact Award, one of the highest annual honors given by the university.  Dr. Salman's numerous recognitions to date include a Fulbright Scholarship in 1991, the American Humane Association's Waco F. Childers award in 1998, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Administrative Award for Animal Health in 2007 and the American Veterinary Medical Association's Twelfth International Veterinary Congress Award in 2007.  In 2009, he was given the Alumni Achievement Award from UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and received the Penn Vet World Leadership Award in 2010 from the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Salman’s educational background is in veterinary medicine (BVMS), preventive veterinary medicine (MPVM), and comparative pathology (Ph.D.). His research interests focus on surveillance and survey methodologies for animal diseases with emphasis on infectious diseases. He is editor of a book on surveillance and survey methods and applications.

Dr. Salman is the author of over 240 refereed papers in scientific journals and has participated in numerous conferences, and national and international meetings in over 25 years as a faculty member at Colorado State University. He has served on the board of scientific journals (Journal of Preventive Veterinary Medicine and American Journal of Veterinary Research) and he is the section editor for the epidemiology section of Animal Health Review. He is a past president of the Conference of Research Workers on Animal Disease. He serves on several national and international professional and scientific committees in the animal health sectors. He is a past chairman of the International Committee of the International Society of Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (ISVEE) and the immediate past chairman of the US Animal Health Committee on Foreign and Emerging Diseases. Dr. Salman holds a position on the peer review of the European Union and the International Animal Health Organization (OIE) scientific review for the geographical assessment for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy.


Dr. Barrett SlenningDr. Barrett Slenning
Professor, Dairy Production Medicine
College of Veterinary Medicine
North Carolina State University

Dr. Barrett Slenning has over 20 years of clinical food animal experience in private and academic practice. He has published on catastrophic FADs since 1996, leads NCSU 's Animal Biosecurity Risk Management Group and the 501(c)(3) Agriculture Disaster Research Institute, and focuses on food safety/security and agricultural disaster preparation, response, and recovery.


Dr. Nick StriegelDr. Nick Striegel
Assistant State Veterinarian
Colorado Department of Agriculture

Dr. Striegel graduated from North Dakota State University, received his DVM from Iowa State University and practiced in North Dakota for fifteen years. Nick has also has a MPH degree from the University of Iowa. His professional activities are centered on animal emergency management, preventive animal health, and disease control programs for the State. Some of his professional memberships are the AVMA, CVMA, and USAHA. He serves as Co-Chair of the Committee on Animal Emergency Management of the USAHA and member of the AVMA Council on Public Health and Regulatory Medicine. Nick is a credentialed member of the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC), National Veterinary Response Team – 4 (NVRT-4), the Colorado Veterinary Medical Reserve Corps (CO-VMRC) and oversees the Colorado Rapid Response for Ag & Livestock (CORRAL) System.

Nick and his wife, Leslie have eight children of whom five are adopted - four of the adopted children came to them via international adoptions.


Dr. Dave Van MetreDr. Dave Van Metre
Department of Clinical Sciences
Colorado State University

Dr. Van Metre is a Professor in the Animal Population Health Institute, Department of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. Dr. Van Metre received his DVM degree from Cornell University in 1989 and completed a residency in food animal medicine at the University of California at Davis in 1993. He was a faculty member in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University prior to starting at CSU in late 1999. Dr. Van Metre's research interests include clostridial diseases of ruminants, zoonotic diseases, and livestock disease surveillance.


Dr. Bill WhiteDr. William White
Supervisory VMO, Attending Veterinarian
Plum Island Animal Disease Center
Greenport, NY

Dr. Bill White earned his BVSc from the University of Pretoria in South Africa in 1983 and MPH from Yale University in 1992. Bill practiced mixed animal and poultry medicine in South Africa, Florida and New York. In 1987 he joined the USDA, APHIS, where he first served as laboratory diagnostician at Plum Island and later as epidemiologist for International Services and Veterinary Services in New Mexico.

Bill returned to Plum Island in 2003, served as FADDL Director for two years, and now serves as the Attending Veterinarian for Plum Island. Bill served as FAO Consultant on Avian Influenza in Sudan (summer 2006) and Bangladesh (April 2007), visited Russia with industry and academia to observe the African Swine Fever outbreak (October 2011), and visited the Caribbean to assist in a regional Foot-and-Mouth Disease table top exercise (March 2012).

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