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Lindsey Shields, D.V.M., D.A.C.V.P.M

D.V.M., Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine; Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Dr. Lindsey Shields is the director of training for the Global Health Program, which takes a One Health approach to improving the lives of wildlife, people and domestic animals. She leads the team’s fellowship and training programs, both domestically and internationally, working closely with partner organizations including universities, United Nations agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Dr. Shields is passionate about epidemiology and supporting stronger linkages between public health and animal health agencies. Her focus on developing GHP's training program, with both domestic and international applicants, will ensure the continued success of their capacity building and internship opportunities.

Dr. Shields’ projects include:

  • Managing the Kenyan Fellows program in collaboration with the Mpala Research Centre
  • Developing international One Health capacity-building programs
Her interest in international veterinary medicine and public health led her to work with the Food and Agriculture Organization based in Rome, Italy, with the Wildlife Team, monitoring and responding to outbreaks of wildlife-originating diseases globally, such as the Saiga antelope die-off in Kazakhstan, and global outbreaks of avian influenza.Dr. Shields also evaluated early warning systems for food safety in East Africa while based in Ethiopia. Her work with the FAO not only focused on disease monitoring and response, but also emphasized capacity building and building programs within underdeveloped countries for local action and response to public health threats. Prior to joining the Global Health Program, Dr. Shields most recently served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, leading international responses for infectious disease outbreaks including ebola, cholera, typhoid fever and botulism.
Dr. Shields attended Virginia Tech where she studied animal and poultry science as an undergraduate student, obtaining her D.V.M. from Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 2011.
Her experience in wildlife health and public health, as well as her ability to coordinate capacity building and training programs, will be an asset to GHP as the One Health portfolio on the team continues to expand.