Veterinary Epidemiology Society Recognizes UKVDL Scientist

The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society awarded an honorary diploma to UKVDL scientist Jacqueline Smith, MSc, PhD.
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The American Veterinary Epidemiology Society (AVES) recently awarded an honorary diploma to Jacqueline Smith, MSc, PhD, at the annual American Veterinary Medical Association meeting in Boston, Massachusetts.

Smith is the epidemiology section chief for the University of Kentucky Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (UKVDL) in the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UKVDL director and AVES executive director and president elect Craig Carter, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVPM, said Smith has revolutionized the way the laboratory uses large volumes of diagnostic testing data to delineate current animal health trends.

“Jacqueline has played a key role in our ability to provide early detection of animal disease outbreaks via a custom-developed mathematical disease cluster detection system,” he said. “This is vital to keeping Kentucky veterinarians, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, and the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services informed regarding endemic and emerging animal diseases, as well as confirmed diagnoses of zoonotic diseases that can spill over into the human population.”

Smith received her bachelor’s degree in agriculture from Berea College before moving to Madison, Wisconsin, to complete a master’s in dairy science in 2001. She joined the UKVDL epidemiology group as a research analyst in 2006 while earning a doctorate in animal science from UK with a strong focus on epidemiology, graduating in 2012. She has served as the epidemiology section chief since 2008

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