Global OneHealth Speaker Highlights Non-Traditional Veterinary Career
Posted September 20, 2017
Dr. Michelle Colby, with members of the CVM and Global OneHealth
faculty and staff.
Students at the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary
Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM) learn early in their
training about diverse career paths. Recently, Dr. Michelle M.
Colby, a veterinarian and scientist who has walked a unique path,
visited campus and made time to present, speak, and network with
veterinary, undergraduate, and postgraduate students, as well as
staff and faculty.
In her talk, Colby emphasized the importance of addressing
societal needs through interdisciplinary and cross agency teams,
consensus building, and the importance of continuing to develop new
international programs in the U.S.
She also shared information about several externship and
fellowship opportunities in the field of foreign animal disease
modeling and countermeasures.
The students were very interested to learn from Colby how they
could become involved, according to Rosina “Tammi” Krecek, research
professor of Global OneHealth.
Colby currently serves as the branch chief for agricultural
defense in the Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) Division
of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency at the
Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology
Directorate in Washington, D.C.
She is responsible for managing all of CBD’s research and
development efforts related to agricultural defense, including
programs in foreign animal disease modeling and advanced
development of veterinary countermeasures.
Colby discusses her unique career path and offers advice on
opportunities for students.
Before joining DHS in 2009, Colby served as the assistant director
for chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear countermeasures
in the Homeland and National Security Division of the White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), for which she
managed all of the OSTP’s work, coordinating research and
development on countermeasures to chemical, biological,
radiological, and nuclear threats.
Her career began at OSTP as a fellow under the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) /Nuclear Threat
Initiative Global Security Fellow in October of 2003.
Prior to joining the OSTP, Colby was a post-doctoral research
fellow at the Maryland campus of the Virginia-Maryland Regional
College of Veterinary Medicine (VMRCVM), where her research focused
on the use of geographic information system databases in the
management of infectious diseases of livestock and poultry.
Colby received her Bachelor of Science degree in animal science
from the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore, her Doctor of
Veterinary Medicine degree from the VMRCVM, and her Master of
Science degree in epidemiology from the University of Maryland,
along with a certificate of residency for completion of the
three-year applied veterinary epidemiology training program.
The Texas A&M Global One Health Initiative is dedicated to
the discovery, development, communication, and application of
knowledge in a wide range of academic and professional fields,
providing the highest quality undergraduate, graduate, and
professional programs to prepare students to assume roles in
leadership, responsibility, and service to society.
Among the initiative’s goals are to establish local, national,
and global academic, public and private, and not-for-profit
partnerships and to collaborate to develop world-class educational,
research, and service programs for the health and well-being of
humans and animals and the environment in which they live.
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