Keynote and Plenary Speakers

Dr. Mark Teachman, Director of Interagency Coordination in the National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management, USDA, APHIS.

Mark E. Teachman, D.V.M., is Director for Interagency Coordination in the National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management, which resides in the Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Veterinary Services (VS). He leads a team of subject-matter expert liaisons that are either imbedded in another federal agency or liaise with other agencies as needed. These subject-matter experts are focused on identifying assets (people, teams, information, or other tools) that can be used to support a response to an animal health emergency. They also provide the agencies they liaise with appropriate information about National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management (NCAHEM) activities and animal health emergency response requirements. Dr. Teachman graduated from Michigan State University, College of Veterinary Medicine, in 1984. From 1984 until joining the federal government, Dr. Teachman was in private practice and involved in a family computer business. He has been engaged in supporting animal health emergency management-response planning, and long term vision for research and development of animal disease spread models for more than 30 years.

Dr. Eran Raizman, Head of Emergency Prevention System-Animal Health for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Italy.

Dr. Raizman, native of Israel,  joined FAO as the head of Emergency Prevention System for Animal Health in 2013 after  working for 3 years as an independent consultant for animal health and production development projects funded by USAID, USDA and FAO in Africa, Central Asia and Latin America. Dr. Raizman graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine at Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile in 1997. After working 3 years as small dairy holder clinician he specialized in dairy production at UC Davis where he also completed Master in Preventive Veterinary Medicine in 2001.  In 2001.  He joined University of Minnesota to pursue his PhD and worked as an instructor in veterinary epidemiology. Soon after completing his PhD in 2005, Dr. Raizman joined Purdue University as faculty member, researcher and teaching epidemiology at the school of veterinary medicine where he worked till 2010.