Biosecurity Task Force

The mission of the ACVM Biosecurity Task Force is to assist local, state, and federal officials in prevention of, response to, and recovery from infectious diseases which threaten food security or public health.

24 individuals have completed the requirements to join the Task Force. These individuals have indicated their willingness to share their expertise in microbiology, infectious diseases, and biosecurity in the event of an animal disease or zoonotic disease emergency.

These current members of the ACVM Biosecurity Task Force are:

  • Adams, Hayley R.

    108 Harrogate Road
    Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
    DVM, 2001, University of Tennessee; PhD, 2007, University of Tennessee, ACVM (Virology '10). Wildlife infectious disease, wildlife-domestic interface, international veterinary medicine, foreign animal disease, zoonotic disease, emerging infectious diseases, public health, molecular epidemiology Active Diplomate. Academia.
  • Bommineni, Yugendar Reddy

    2700 N John Young Pkwy
    Kissimmee, FL 34741
    Phone: 3216971400
    Fax: 3216971467
    B.V.Sc&A.H (Hyderabad,India 2002) M.V.Sc (Hyderabad, India 2004), PhD (Oklahoma State University, Stillwater 2008), ACVM (Virology '12)ACVM (Immunology '09). Poultry Diseases/Avian Pathology, Foreign Animal/Trans-boundary diseases, Infectious diseases of poultry and mammals, Food safety and Food Microbiology, Public Health, Diagnosis, Surveillance and Control of Zoonotic and Infectious Diseases, Diagnostic Microbiology and Regulatory affairs, Veterinary Biologicals and Vaccine development, Laboratory Safety, Bio-safety and Quality Management, Active Diplomate. Academia. Government. Administration.
  • Chase, Christopher C.L.

    Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Animal Dis Res & Diagnostic Lab Box 2175
    Brookings, SD 57007
    Phone: (605) 688-5652
    Fax: (605) 688-6003
    DVM (ISU '80), MS (WIS '87), PhD (WIS '90), ACVM (Virology '92)ACVM (Immunology '92). Bovine herpesviruses, orbiviruses, arboviruses, molecular virology, mucosal immunity, and cell biology. Active Diplomate. Academia.
  • Gull, Tamara

    University of Missouri Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory 810 E. Campus Loop
    Columbia, MO 65211
    Phone: 573-882-0106
    DVM (Tufts ’98), PhD (Texas A&M ’07), ACVM (Bacteriology & Mycology '13)ACVM (Immunology '11). Mycoplasmas, Salmonella and Actinobacillus. diagnostic bacteriology and mycology Active Diplomate. Educational Research. Academia.
  • Hayhow, Christopher S.

    Ohio University Research Compliance 117 Research and Technology Center
    Athens, OH 45701
    Phone: (740) 597-1267
    BS (OSU 1977), DVM (OSU 1980), PhD (OSU 1992), ACVM (Virology '93). Infectious diseases and virology. Active Diplomate. Academia.
  • Kariyawasam, Subhashinie

    Department of Comparative, Diagnostic, and Population Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine
    Gainesville, FL 32610
    Phone: 352-294-8794
    Fax: 352-294-8608
    BVSc Univ. of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka 1992; Ph.D. Univ. of Guelph, Canada 2002, ACVM (Bacteriology & Mycology '06)ACVM (Immunology '09). Diagnostic microbiology, research and teaching; Bacterial pathogenesis, Antimicrobial Resistance, Foodborne Pathogens Active Diplomate. Educational Research. Academia. Diagnostics. Administration.
  • Keil, Daniel J.

    Bayer Animal Health PO Box 390
    Shawnee Mission, KS 66201
    Phone: (913) 268-2062
    Fax: (913) 268-2541
    BS (MINN '89) DVM (MINN '91), PhD (KAN '99), ACVM (Bacteriology & Mycology '99). Infectious diseases, bacteriology, vaccine antigen development. Active Diplomate. Industry.
  • Kennedy, Melissa A.

    College of Vet Medicine University of Tennessee P.O. Box 1071 2407 River Drive
    Knoxville, TN 37996
    Phone: (865) 974-5827
    Fax: FAX: (865) 974-5640
    DVM (TEN '83), PhD (TEN '91)., ACVM (Virology '95)ACVM (Bacteriology & Mycology '97)ACVM (Immunology '95). Viral diagnostics; research in feline peritonitis virus, bovine virus diarrhea virus and virus diagnostic assays. Active Diplomate. Educational Research. Academia.
  • Kibenge, Frederick S. B.

    Dept of Path & Micro Atlantic Vet Coll, U.PEI 550 University Ave.
    Charlottetown P.E.I., CA C1A 4
    Phone: (902) 566-0967
    Fax: FAX: (902) 566-0851
    BVM (MAK '78), PhD (MUR '82)., ACVM (Immunology '88). Molecular virology and immunology, virulence and immunogenicity of RNA viruses; avian reoviruses, birnaviruses, orthomyxoviruses, and herpesviruses; vaccine development; Staphylococcus and bacteriophages. Active Diplomate. Educational Research. Academia.
  • McVey, David Scott

    USDA ARS CGAHR 1515 College Avenue
    Manhatan, KS 66502
    Phone: (785) 776-2702
    Fax: (785) 776-2789
    DVM (TN '80), PhD (TX '86)., ACVM (Bacteriology & Mycology '90)ACVM (Immunology '89). microbial pathogenesis, virulence mechanisms, vaccinology, arthropod-borne diseases. Active Diplomate. Educational Research. Academia. Government. Administration.
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All of these individuals have completed Incident Command 100 and Incident Command 200 training. These courses developed by the USDA are offered on the National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps website (maintained by the Center for Food Security and Public Health at Iowa State University) at no charge

Additional ACVM Diplomates are encouraged to join the Task Force; just complete the two courses listed above and send us a copy of your certificate from each course. These courses introduce the Incident Command System which will be used to manage the response to any infectious disease emergency. The Incident Command System is designed to ensure coordination among responders from various agencies.

Contact James A. Roth at if you have any questions or comments.