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March 16, 2021

Simmons to Lead IIAD

Dr. Heather Simmons appointed Director of IIAD effective March 1st, 2021. Dr. Simmons has been serving as the associate director of IIAD for several years now and was part of IIAD since its inception in 2004. She has been part of forming and charting the course of the institute at every step of the way […]

April 19, 2018

New student fellow added to IIAD team

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) recently added a new student worker to their team. Elizabeth Rodriguez will serve under IIAD’s associate director, Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, assisting with programmatic operations in the Institute. Originally from San Antonio, Texas, Elizabeth is a freshman at Texas A&M University pursuing an animal science degree with an […]

April 9, 2018

Student assistants added to IIAD team

As part of their commitment to developing the next generation of leaders in the agriculture industry, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) recently added three new undergraduate student assistants to their team. __________ A Fort Worth, Texas native, freshman Biomedical Sciences major Victoria Cruz hopes to one day work in the public health industry. […]

February 14, 2018

Institute for Infectious Diseases and Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinary Public Health Internship Program

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), in collaboration with Boehringer Ingelheim – Veterinary Public Health, is hosting two summer 2018 internship opportunities. The Institute will host two students with interests and experience in veterinary medicine and/or international agricultural issues. Veterinary students of any year or classification and graduate students are eligible to apply to […]

January 24, 2018

IIAD welcomes new student fellow

A new student fellow, Lee Ellen Pearman, recently joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) to work with the Veterinary Science Certificate Program (VSCP) under Joe Mask, Ph.D. Lee Ellen is a freshman majoring in animal science at Texas A&M University. She grew up in Alto, Texas, where she participated in her local 4-H club and […]

January 23, 2018

IIAD’s Dee Ellis talks animal health on Beef with Millennials Podcast

Dee Ellis, DVM, a staff veterinarian at The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases was a guest on this week’s Beef with Millennials podcast. The podcast, which is part of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension’s Ranch TV, discusses hot topics in agriculture and how millennials can make an impact on the future of beef production. Click the […]

December 14, 2017

Witnesses assess US biosecurity infrastructure as inadequate

This article was originally posted by AgriPulse. Senate Agriculture Committee members can’t say they weren’t warned. A panel of witnesses spoke to the committee on Wednesday and all essentially delivered the same message: the current defense against pests, pathogens, and biosecurity threats to the food system needs work. “If you were an enemy of the United […]

December 1, 2017

Biodefense Internship Program

Orion Integrated Biosciences Inc. is a Biodefense Company advancing new analytical and visualization tools for the detection, characterization and mitigation of infectious diseases and the interpretation and contextualization of Big Data for Biodefense.  Our activities focus on strengthening national security by supporting the Department of Homeland Security through DHS Centers of Excellence (e.g., the Center […]

November 16, 2017

Ptaschinski to manage Institute programs at nexus of animal health and information technology

Maryn Ptaschinski, DVM, has joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) as program manager. Ptaschinski will be assisting in designing, implementing and managing the research and education portfolios for the Institute and will be providing management oversight of research and training projects – specifically those focused at the nexus of animal health and information […]

November 14, 2017

Simmons brings wide range of veterinary experience to IIAD associate director position

Heather Simmons, DVM, MSVPH, has recently been named as associate director for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD). In her previous role at IIAD, Simmons served as Education and Outreach Theme Leader, overseeing a multi-million dollar education and extension portfolio and building a program portfolio which continues to span K-12, graduate and professional training […]

November 6, 2017

New office aims to strengthen relationships with US agriculture

“Our modern agricultural economy is highly dependent upon two things: freedom from disease and trade,” said Melissa Berquist, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases. “Following the outbreak of an infectious livestock or poultry disease, the ability to efficiently implement science-based standards and demonstrate freedom from disease is imperative to limiting the loss […]