Dee Ellis, DVM, MPA, is a veterinarian at the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), serving as a livestock and animal health subject matter resource for the Institute and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. Ellis’ expertise is specifically sought after for issues related to zoonotic diseases such as bovine tuberculosis, and bovine and swine brucellosis, avian influenza, cattle fever ticks, transboundary diseases, feral swine issues, and animals in disaster response and planning issues.
As an IIAD/AgriLife veterinarian, Ellis delivers presentations, lectures and demonstrations on the Texas A&M AgriLife portfolio and serves on project teams as appropriate. Ellis assists both entities in writing research proposals, grant applications and other funding requests in addition to the development of long-term programs and strategic initiatives. Ellis is also directly involved in field activities related to cattle fever tick research and national livestock industry business continuity planning in the event of a catastrophic disease outbreak. Ellis also works closely with state and federal animal health officials nationwide on a variety of initiatives.
In December 2015, Ellis retired after more than 30 years of service to the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC), the state’s livestock and poultry health regulatory agency, where he had served as the state veterinarian and executive director since 2010. In June 2016, Ellis joined the IIAD team.
After graduating with his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University in 1984, Ellis began his veterinary career as a mixed animal practitioner at the Gonzales Animal Clinic in Gonzales, Texas. In the Fall of 1985, Ellis began his career at TAHC as a field veterinarian in Wharton, Texas focusing on the Texas effort to eradicate bovine brucellosis. Ellis then went on to serve TAHC as a region director for central Texas, staff veterinarian and assistant state veterinarian in Austin, before being appointed as the state veterinarian and executive director. Ellis served on many state and national level industry working groups for disease response and business continuity related to both endemic regulatory diseases and transboundary diseases such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease.
Ellis holds a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science, and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Texas A&M University. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a Master of Public Administration from Texas State University.