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Dr. Sara M.

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  • Degree: DVM
    School: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine 
    Track: Public and Corporate
    Class of 2021
  • Degree: MPH
    School: Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Class of 2021


  • Veterinary Acupuncture (CVA)


  • Columbus, OH

Bio in brief...

I am the State Public Health Veterinarian for the State of Ohio. 

As the SPHV I serve in a leadership role within the Zoonotic Disease Program at the Ohio Department of Health. In this role, I oversee Ohio's rabies control program and collaborate with other organizations such as USDA-Wildlife Services for the Oral Rabies Vaccination Program, and our state and federal agriculture partners on zoonotic disease cases. In addition to zoonotic disease work, I work intimately on integrating a One Health framework into response plans and facilitate the development of a One Health working group. 

Prior to my position as the State Public Health Veterinarian, I worked primarily in agriculture. I was the Disease Programs and Emergency Response Coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health where I coordinated the state's FAD response and planning program, and served on the state's Incident Management Team during HPAI outbreaks. 

Additionally, I was an Adel A. Malak scholar while in veterinary school and worked with USDA-FSIS in Washington State as a Supervisory Public Health Veterinarian.

When I have the opportunity, I work clinical medicine on weekends (relief work at vaccination clinics) to keep my skills sharp and give back to the community. I am also certified in veterinary acupuncture (CVA). I used my PC track clerkships to get a lot of experience in different areas (sled dogs, wildlife in Oregon, APHIS-VS CEAH and field-VMO, CDC EEP, etc.), and would love to work with students to show them the flexibility of this track and discuss my career path.