UCGHI celebrates Dr. Patricia Conrad's retirement

On behalf of the UCGHI family, we extend our warmest congratulations to Dr. Conrad on her retirement from the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. We are deeply grateful for her many years of passionate dedication to the University of California Global Health Institute.  We wish her all the best as she embarks on a new journey!

Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD was the associate dean for Global Programs at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, which is consistently ranked one of the top veterinary schools in the world. She also served as co-director of the University of California’s system-wide UC Global Health Institute.

Dr. Conrad is an accomplished veterinarian and distinguished professor of parasitology. Her research focused on the transmission of protozoal parasites between wildlife, humans and domestic animals. She joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine soon after she conducted post-doctoral research on the molecular epidemiology of tick-transmitted diseases at the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases in Nairobi, Kenya.

UC Davis One Health experts (left to right): Woutrina Smith, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Patricia Conrad, DVM, PhD, and Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Dr. Conrad has published more than 225 scientific papers and book chapters in the fields of emerging infectious diseases, parasitology, ecology of fecally-transmitted waterborne pathogens and one health. She is the recipient of the Carl J. Norden Distinguished Teaching Award, Pfizer Award for Research Excellence, the Oscar W. Schalm and Norman E. Levine Lectureships and an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship. Dr. Conrad was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (formally IOM) in 2011, awarded a Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology in 2012 and selected as an American Association of the Advancement of Science Fellow in 2018. In 2017, she received the American Veterinary Medical Association Lifetime Excellence in Research Award for her research and contributions to the veterinary profession, taking a one health approach that addresses the interconnectedness of humans, animals and the environment. In 2018, she was awarded the UC Davis Chancellor’s Award for International Engagement.

Second from left: 2018 Chancellor's Awardee Patricia Conrad (associate dean for global programs in the School of Veterinary Medicine). Photo via UC Davis Global Affairs 2017-18 Chancellor's Awards

Congratulations on a standout career and best wishes for your retirement, Dr. Conrad!

Dr. Conrad at UC Global Health Day hosted by UC Davis in 2014.