“Treatment without prevention is simply unsustainable.” – Bill Gates
This weekend we celebrate 50 years of the Masters in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (MPVM) Program. Over the years a legion of veterinarians have completed the MPVM curriculum learning state-of-the-art methods in epidemiology to investigate and evaluate disease and production problems in animal populations and to design, evaluate and implement disease controlprograms. This trans-disciplinary training program engages faculty from across the university including epidemiologists, microbiologists, public health experts, food safety specialists, wildlife disease researchers, and biostatisticians. Since its inception in 1967, more than 1,000 graduates have gone on to top-level governmental, private industry, academic and practice careers in various areas of preventive veterinary medicine throughout the United States and 87 other countries. A forerunner for a One Health approach to solving societal issues, the program has produced outstanding alumni who throughout the past five decades have contributed across a wide spectrum of veterinary and public health issues.