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Meet the New 2020 MPH-VPH Residents!

Aminata (Mina) Kalley, DVM

My name is Aminata Kalley and I am in my first year of the Veterinary Public Health Residency. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and developed a strong passion for agriculture from a young age. I obtained my B.S. in Animal and Poultry Sciences from Virginia Tech in 2014 and my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Missouri in 2018. Upon completion of my DVM degree, I began my career at a Large Animal Ambulatory practice in central Virginia. After one year in private practice, I transitioned to a position working for the Department of Homeland Security as a Clinical Veterinarian for research livestock housed at Plum Island Animal Disease Center. Upon completion of the VPH Residency, I hope to pursue a career working with transboundary animal diseases of livestock. When I am not working, I enjoy painting, reading, running, and traveling to visit family.

Samantha Swisher, DVM

I first became interested in One Health as an undergraduate student studying human-wildlife conflict in Kenya, and I was fortunate to be able to pursue this interest further in veterinary school at Tufts, where I participated in field research on Newcastle Disease vaccination in rural Mozambique. After graduating in 2012, I was in clinical practice for eight years, working primarily with exotic pets and earning my specialty certification in Exotic Companion Mammal Practice from the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

While I enjoyed the unique challenges of working with all kinds of nontraditional pet species, I missed the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and population-level problem solving that I had experienced while working on One Health projects. The Veterinary Public Health Residency at OSU seemed like a natural next step, since it provided not only the opportunity to complete my MPH, but also a chance to gain valuable experience and mentorship from veterinarians working in the field of public health.

To learn more about the MPH-VPH Residency program, contact Dr. Amanda Berrian.