Have you wondered where coronaviruses come from? How an initial animal carrier ultimately results in the transfer of virus to humans and a global pandemic? Join us for an interactive discussion with experts from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine on the origins of COVID-19 and other zoonotic diseases. In a landscape of misinformation and differing opinions, this webinar offers the opportunity to get your questions answered.
Dominic Travis (DVM, MS):
Dominic Travis is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, with appointments in the School of Public Health and Institute on the Environment. Previously, he has worked on designing and conducting disease surveillance and health risk assessments on emerging zoonotic diseases such as West Nile virus, Avian Influenza, SIV/HIV, Anthrax and Ebola virus, among others, across North and South America, Africa and South East Asia. Dr. Travis has served on advisory committees including at the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), European Union (EU), as well as United States Departments of Health and Human Services, Agriculture, Homeland Security and several health and conservation-focused non-governmental organizations.
Katey Pelican (DVM, PhD):
Dr. Katey Pelican is an Associate Professor and head of the Ecosystem Health Division in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Pelican has research projects focused on understanding health and disease at the human-livestock-wildlife interface in Africa, Panama, Chile, and Minnesota. Dr. Pelican has additionally worked with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), the World Bank, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).