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Capt. Charlotte Spires, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Capt. Charlotte Spires, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Chief Veterinarian
National Disaster Medical System/National Veterinary Response Team

On Aug. 1, 2017, Capt. Charlotte Spires assumed the position of chief veterinarian for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) National Disaster Medical System's (NDMS) National Veterinary Response Team (NVRT), which is within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). In this role, Capt. Spires oversees and coordinates all aspects of the NVRT, serves as subject matter expert on veterinary mission activities, and acts as principle veterinary medical/emergency preparedness/planning advisor to HHS Regional Administrators. She also develops veterinary medical policies and guidelines to carry out HHS, ASPR, and NDMS legislative mandates for readiness. For the prior five years, Capt. Spires served in ASPR as executive director and designated federal official for the National Preparedness and Response Science Board and National Advisory Committee on Children and Disasters for HHS.

Capt. Spires received her commission into the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) in 1995, and has formal training and experience in epidemiology, food safety, and public health. Dr. Spires has certifications in risk communication, six sigma, and project management. She has served FDA as director of the FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine’s (CVM) Division of Epidemiology, quality manager for the CVM Office of New Animal Drug Evaluation, project manager for the FDA After-hours Call Center in the Office of the Commissioner (OC), senior epidemiologist at the FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, and senior program management officer in the FDA OC Office of Policy and Planning.

Capt. Spires earned her DVM degree from the Tuskegee Institute School of Veterinary Medicine and her MPH degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health and Hygiene. She has served as director of the Commissioned Officers Association (COA) Board of Directors and as veterinary category representative to the COA, and has deployed for animal rescue operations in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike. She developed a risk-based algorithm for the management of companion animals of hurricane evacuees with special medical needs and successfully implemented that algorithm at a federal medical station established for Hurricane Ike evacuees in College Station, Texas. She received the U.S. PHS Commendation medal for that effort and was also chosen as the 2009 USPHS Veterinary Responder of the Year.