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Cassidy Rist

Cassidy Rist, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Assistant Professor
Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
Email: crist6@vt.edu

Dr. Cassidy Rist joined the veterinary college as an assistant professor of practice in the Department of Population Health Sciences in August 2016. A veterinary epidemiologist with a background in One Health, infectious diseases, and emergency preparedness, Dr. Rist supports programs and initiatives in the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine.

Prior to joining the college, Dr. Rist was a veterinary medical officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service where she served as Interim Emergency Coordinator for Maryland and Delaware. She earned a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and a master of public health degree in global epidemiology from Emory University in Atlanta.

Dr. Rist worked in small animal practice for seven years before transitioning to public veterinary practice. She completed a two-year Fellowship with the One Health Office at the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia, where she played a primary role in the development of the One Health Zoonotic Disease Prioritization Tool. The Tool was designed to promote collaborative decision-making between human and animal health sectors, and is now used by CDC at international sites under the Global Health Security Agenda to assist countries in developing a list of zoonotic disease priorities for surveillance, research and response activities. Dr. Rist also completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Harvard Medical School in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, where her researched focused on the economic and health impacts of animal disease on rural populations in Madagascar.

Dr. Rist is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. She is a member of the One Health Surveillance Working Group in the International Society for Disease Surveillance, the European Network for the Evaluation of One Health, and the International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics.