Institute Research Highlights

The focus of APHI activities is the promotion of health of animal populations for the benefit of society. Specific activities conducted by Institute scientists, students, and collaborators involve an extremely diverse range of expertise and talents.

Alanna Kirby

Graduate Research in Equine Biosecurity yields Collaborative Resource for Horse Owners

Alanna Kirby, MS and her advisor, Dr. Traub-Dargatz collaborated with Equine Guelph during the past year in an initiative supported by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation and Vétoquinol Canada Inc., to create an advanced online biosecurity resource for horse owners. The new, updated Biosecurity Risk Calculator is now available on Equine Guelph’s website. Full article>


NAADSM: An Important Tool for Veterinary Epidemiology

The North American Animal Disease Spread Model (more commonly known as NAADSM) is a computer program used to simulate the spread of disease in animal populations and to evaluate different disease control strategies, thereby providing information for emergency response plans and policy. Full article>

Dr. Shana Gillette in the Republic of Georgia

Roles of Risk Communication within APHI

In veterinary medicine, effective risk communication helps veterinarians and animal owners weigh risks and decide on actions that will ultimately improve animal health, prevent disease, and create effective disease-control policies. As a result, the field of veterinary medicine is recognizing the value of risk communication in animal health research and learning. Dr. Shana Gillette is one of a handful of faculty nationwide who conduct risk communication research in an accredited college of veterinary medicine. Full article>

Dr. Olea-Popelka in South Africa

International Collaborations Yield Opportunities & Challenges

Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka pursues his work in veterinary epidemiology with a global perspective. This interest began 12 years ago while working as a veterinarian on a project concerning zoonotic diseases – specifically brucellosis and tuberculosis – in Chile, his native country. Full article>

cattle in Colorado Front Range area

Livestock Contact Research Study

Researchers within the Animal Population Health Institute are working on a joint project with College of Veterinary Medicine at Kansas State University to gather data from livestock producers. Cattle, swine, sheep, and goat producers in Colorado and Kansas are asked to characterize the movements of animals, people, and equipment that occur on livestock operations by responding anonymously to four short surveys during 2011.

Data concerning the number and types of “contacts” livestock experience will provide an essential component in a computer model to evaluate the potential for spread of infectious diseases such as foot-and-mouth disease among farms, ranches, and other livestock operations in the western central United States. The Colorado Cattlemen’s Association, Colorado Livestock Association and Colorado Wool Growers Association support this important research effort. For additional information and sign-up form:



Since the Animal Population Health Institute’s (APHI) inception in 2002, the Institute has been cooperating with the Wildlife Livestock Disease Investigations Team (WiLDIT) for domestic animal and wildlife interface studies through the Program of Economically Important Infectious Animal Diseases (PEIIAD). Full article>


Research Accomplishments through PEIIAD

PEIIAD, the Program of Economically Infectious Animal Diseases, was conceived, designed and initially funded in 1998 as a US Congress budgetary line item. PEIIAD became one of APHI's core programs when APHI was formed in February 2002. PEIIAD's creation filled a national void; no single entity had provided timely, multidisciplinary research focused entirely on animal diseases that either threaten the US food supply or have the potential to cause serious economic losses for animal agriculture on a local, national, and international scale. Please see the most recent Prospectus (2009) for in-depth information about PEIIAD research areas and accomplishments.