Dr. Brad Ryan is a wildlife and public health veterinarian who currently serves as program manager for the Global Health Program, where he oversees all aspects of GHP daily operations, coordinates efforts between the GHP team and their international partners, and promotes GHP’s One Health mission through strategic communication and public relations outreach. Dr. Ryan’s professional interests include wildlife medicine and the role of human behavior in the epidemiology of cross-species transmission of zoonotic diseases in human-wildlife-livestock interfaces globally.
B.A., Miami University; M.Sc., University of Pretoria; D.V.M., The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine; and M.P.H., The Ohio State University Colleges of Public Health and Veterinary Medicine
Dr. Ryan was born and raised in southeastern Ohio near North America’s largest conservation facility, The Wilds, which sparked his passion for wildlife medicine. Over the past two decades, Dr. Ryan has trained with zoo and wildlife veterinarians at The Wilds, The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, the Wildlife Center of Virginia, the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, and the Lilongwe Wildlife Center/Wildlife Emergency Response Unit in Malawi, among others. Prior to joining the GHP team, Dr. Ryan worked in exotic pet private practice and provided clinical care for local wildlife rehabilitation organizations.
Having spent more than two years working in sub-Saharan and East Africa, Dr. Ryan is passionate about applying his clinical and academic training to address the threat of emerging infectious diseases to vulnerable wildlife and human populations in Africa. Dr. Ryan’s previous research focused on spotted hyena disease ecology in Kruger National Park, and the application of ethnographic surveys to identify cultural practices that contribute to regional emergence and persistence of zoonotic diseases in Ohio and Namibia.
Dr. Ryan received his Bachelor of Arts in public relations from Miami University, his Master of Science in mammalogy from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health in veterinary public health from The Ohio State University. During veterinary school, he completed a clinical clerkship in elephant medicine at Chiang Mai University in Thailand. Dr. Ryan’s unique background in public relations and conservation medicine plays a vital role in the advancement of GHP’s mission around the world.