#20 - Dr. Rachel Schambow: New surveillance protocols for ASF to make sure you act fast if infected

swine health blackbelt Sep 21, 2022

With ASF so close to our borders, we need to make sure we are prepared for if it spreads to the U.S. because if it crosses our borders, we need to act fast. One of the main factors contributing to the success of containment is speed, so identifying its presence on your farm must be quick. In this episode, I talk with Dr. Rachel Schambow about her work on new enhanced passive surveillance protocols for ASF to help verterinarians and managers try and catch the virus before it spreads to other farms.


Meet the guest:

Rachel is a graduate student in the department of Veterinary Population Medicine working with Dr. Andres Perez. Her current studies focus on African swine fever epidemiology. She grew up in south-central Wisconsin in a mixed animal veterinary practice and raising and showing Suffolk and Tunis sheep. She has been interested in public health and epidemiology since before veterinary school and is enthusiastic about tackling problems that affect livestock industries. She holds a bachelor’s degree (Physiology, 2016) from the University of Wyoming and a DVM (2020) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.