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Woutrina A. Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Planetary Health

Woutrina A. Smith is an Associate Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology in the School of Veterinary Medicine at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Originally from Alaska, she studied at Pomona College and then earned her DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees from UC Davis. Her research program utilizes a One Health approach locally and globally to bring together professionals and stakeholders across disciplines spanning the natural and social sciences. Dr. Smith has active research projects in Africa and Asia, as well as in California, where multidisciplinary teams work together to solve complex health problem in innovative ways. Dr. Smith has received funding from diverse sources including the National Institutes of Health, the US Agency for International Development, the US Department of Defense, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As Capacity lead for the global USAID Predict Program for the past seven years, Dr. Smith works with scientists and stakeholders in 30 countries to help build local capabilities to conduct health surveillance in animal and human populations at key interfaces where new diseases are likely to emerge. She has also been involved in the One Health Center of Expertise (COE) within the University of California Global Health Institute for the past five years and has made linkages with all ten UC campuses, the UC national laboratories, and many international partner institutions. She teaches in the professional DVM, graduate, and undergraduate programs, where she brings her field and laboratory research experiences into the classroom to provide real world context.