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MacDonald Farnham, D.V.M.

Morris Animal Foundation and Dennis and Connie Keller Director of Training, Veterinary Medical Officer
B.A., University of St Thomas; M.S., D.V.M., Postdoc Residency, University of Minnesota

Dr. Mac Farnham is a public health veterinarian and epidemiologist serving as the Morris Animal Foundation and Dennis and Connie Keller Director of Training for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Global Health Program. In his current role, Dr. Farnham champions a train-the-trainer approach to maximize GHP’s training and international capacity-building efforts targeting current and future generations of wildlife veterinarians, conservation and One Health professionals. He leads the implementation of GHP’s international exchange training program, provides mentorship and leadership for veterinary fellows, coordinates veterinary and master's of public health student internships, and steers program visibility and outreach for GHP's training program.

Dr. Farnham has broad experience as a public health veterinarian with postdoctoral training in epidemiology, zoonotic disease, veterinary virology, risk analysis, and disease surveillance and control. Prior to joining SCBI, he completed a two-year tour as an agricultural attaché at the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, Japan; spent six years on teaching faculty at the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health; and served as the East Africa technical advisor for the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats RESPOND project from 2010-2015.

He has developed skill and competency-based training programs in risk communications, risk assessment, laboratory diagnostic techniques and zoonotic disease surveillance, with a track record of success working cooperatively with counterparts in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Central and South America. Dr. Farnham has helped lead training and capacity building programs in multiple countries, including Uganda, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Jordan, Serbia, and Kosovo. He has particular interest in risk communication, and enjoys helping others translate complex technical information into effective messaging and communications tools.

From humble beginnings with a Bachelor of Arts double major in biology and environmental studies from the University of St. Thomas in 1995, Dr. Farnham went on to serve as a U.S. peace corps agroforestry volunteer in Cameroun, West Africa, before retuning to Minnesota to work in urban wildlife control. Returning to academia as a swine virology laboratory assistant in the late 1990s, he earned a Master of Science in veterinary virology (2002) and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (2006) from the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where he ultimately completed a postdoctoral residency in veterinary public health (2010). His broad background applying sound science and collaboration to real-world challenges has opened doors to work in and across academic, private and public sectors in several countries and cultures across the globe.

Select Presentations, Publications, Workshops and Courses:

M. Farnham, K. Suzuki, R. Caplen, M. Okita, N. Kumagai, F. Hegngi, J. Clifford. 2018. Zoning as an avian disease surveillance and control strategy in ASEAN countries. Developed and delivered collaborative OIE-USDA 2018 Avian Health Workshop. Tokyo, Japan. https://rr-asia.oie.int/en/events/2018-avian-health-workshop/

M. Farnham. 2017. United States Economy Report on Rabies. Presentation for 2017 APEC Wildlife Rabies Workshop, Animal Health Research Institute, Chinese Taipei.

J. Bergeron, E. Mann, M. Farnham, S. Kennedy, K. Everstine, O. Prasarnphanich, K. Smith, W.. Karesh, D. Travis, A. Kircher. 2016. Rapid-response risk evaluation of Ebola spread via the food system. IBM Journal of Research and Development. 60(5-6). doi: 10.1147/JRD.2016.2585778

M. Farnham, D. Travis, M. Cheeran , T. Molitor. 2015. Ebola in West Africa. Short course for 2015 Summer Public Health Institute, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

M. Farnham, K. Pelican. 2014. Delivering One Health competency training through Case Based Learning. Global Solutions to Regional Challenges: Bridging the One Health Divide, Ross University College of Veterinary Medicine, St Kitts.

M. Farnham, D. Travis, T. Molitor. Topics in Infectious Disease: Rabies. 2014. Short course for 2014 Summer Public Health Institute, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota.

D. Travis, D. Chapman, M. Craft, J. Deen, M. Farnham, C. Garcia, W. Hueston, R. Kock, M. Mahero, L. Mugisha, S. Nzietchueng, F. Nutter, D. Olson, A. Pekol, K. Pelican, C. Robertson, I.B Rwego. 2014. One Health: Lessons Learned from East Africa. Book chapter for American Association of Microbiology. Microbiology Spectrum doi: 10.1128/microbiolspec.OH-0017-2012.

M. Farnham, W. Hueston. 2013. Continuing Education and Incorporation of the One Health Concept. 12th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for the Middle East. Amman, Jordan. Web-link: http://www.oie.int/publications-and-documentation/compendium-of-technical-items/

M. Farnham. 2013. Evolution and Globalization of One Health Concept. Presentation for Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2013, 2nd International One Health Congress, Bangkok, Thailand.

M. Farnham, K. Pelican. 2014. Utilizing International University Networks to Deliver One Health Competency Training through Case Based Learning. Health in Veterinary Medical Education. Annual Conference of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.

M. Farnham, P. Atimnedi, M. Busuulwa, R. Downing, T. Easley, D. Hatch, W. Kaboyo, I. Makumbi, S. Majalija, A. Mbonye, I. Nabukenya, D. Ndumu, C. Okot, A.R. Ademun Okurut, C. Rutebarika, I. Rwego, B. Ssebide, J. Wamala. 2013. Evaluating Disease Outbreak Response: After Action Review Critical to Improved Preparedness, Surveillance, Investigation and Response in Uganda. Presentation for Prince Mahidol Award Conference 2013, 1st Global Conference on Regional Disease Surveillance Networks, 2nd International One Health Congress, Bangkok, Thailand.

M. Farnham, B. Norby, T. Goldsmith, S. Wells. 2012. Meta-analysis of field studies on bovine tuberculosis skin tests in United States cattle herds. Preventive Veterinary Medicine. 103(2-3):234-243.

M. Farnham, Y. Choi, S. Goyal, H. Joo. 2003. Isolation and characterization of porcine circovirus type-2 from sera of stillborn fetuses. Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research. 67(2): 108-113.