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:

  • Rajeev, Sreekumari

    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL
    BVSc (KERALA AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY;INDIA '86); PhD (University of Tennessee), ACVM (Virology '00)ACVM (Bacteriology & Mycology '00)ACVM (Immunology '02). My interest; teaching clinical microbiology in the DVM curriculum and Research on Leptospirosis Active Diplomate. Academia.
  • Reddy, Sanjay M.

    Department of Pathobiology College of Veterinary Medicine Texas A&M University Room 206, Building 1197, Mailstop 4467
    College Station, TX 77843
    Phone: (979) 458-0658
    Fax: (979) 458-0659
    BVSc (HYD '86), MS (MD '89), PhD (MD '94). Marek's disease virus, molecular pathogenesis. Active Diplomate. Educational Research. Academia.
  • Roth, James A.

    Director, Center for Food Security and Public Health; Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Preventive Medicine; College of Veterinary Medicine; Iowa State University; South 16th Street
    Ames, IA 50011
    Phone: (515) 294-8459
    DVM (ISU '75), MS (ISU '79), PhD (ISU '81)., ACVM (General '82). phagocytic cell function and dysfunction; immunology of respiratory disease; vaccinology; emerging diseases; zoonotic diseases; foreign animal disease response Active Diplomate. Educational Research. Academia. Administration.
  • Swinford (White), Amy K.

    Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory Drawer 3040
    College Station, TX 77841
    Phone: (979) 845-3414
    Fax: (979) 845-1794
    DVM (ILLINOIS '92), MS (ILLINOIS '95), ACVM (Virology '97). Virology. Active Diplomate. Government.
  • Tresnan, Dina Barbis

    Pfizer World Wide Safety Strategy MS 6025-B4232 50 Pequot Ave.
    New London, CT 6320
    Phone: (860) 732-0124
    Fax: FAX: (860) 686-5619
    DVM (UC Davis 90), PhD (Cornell 95)., ACVM (Virology '96)ACVM (Immunology '96). Viral pathogenesis, virus-receptor interactions, novel vaccine strategies. Active Diplomate. Industry.
  • White, David M.

    National Centers for Animal Health USDA/APHIS/CVB/SSU 1920 Dayton Avenue P.O. Box 844
    Ames, IA 50010
    Phone: (515) 337-7772; (515) 231-3564
    Fax: (515) 337-7617
    B.S. Environmental Health, Colorado State University 1993, D.V.M. CSU 2000, Ph.D. Virology CSU 2000, ACVM (Virology '08). Virology, Immunology, Public Health, Bioterrorism. Active Diplomate. Government. Administration.
  • Zhang, Yan J.

    ADDL Ohio Department of Agriculture 8995 E. Main Street Department of Agriculture Building 6
    Reynoldsburg, OH 43068
    Phone: (614) 728-6220
    Fax: (614) 728-6310
    Ph.D. Washington State Univ. 2002, ACVM (Virology '06). Infectious diseases caused by viral pathogens, zoonotic pathogens, and aquatic animal pathogens Active Diplomate. Government.
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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.