Veterinary Specialists

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Gayle B. Brown, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Specialist
1171 College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Brown received her DVM in 1986 from the University of Illinois and her MS in Immunobiology from ISU in 1989. She developed a swine influenza vaccine while working for SyntroVet Inc. in Lenexa KS. Dr. Brown returned to Iowa State University and received her PhD in immunology in 1999. From 1999-2002 Dr. Brown was a relief veterinarian for Novartis Animal Health, Professional Services. She returned to ISU to work for the CFSPH in 2002. She currently maintains and continuously improves the content in the Emerging and Exotic Diseases of Animals web-based course and the Basic Immunology and Principles of Vaccinology web-based course and co-teaches veterinary immunology to ISU students. She received the ISU Outstanding Achievement in Teaching Award in 2014.


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Reneé Dewell , DVM, MS

Veterinary Specialist
College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Reneé Dewell is a veterinary specialist in the Center for Food Security and Public Health (CFSPH) and an active member of the Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Colorado State University. She has operated a mobile practice, worked as a clinical instructor at the Great Plains Veterinary Education Center (GPVEC), and completed a post-doc at Colorado State University. Dr. Dewell completed an internship (GPVEC), a certificate in Beef Cattle Production Management (GPVEC) and earned a master’s degree in Veterinary Science (epidemiology) from the University of Nebraska in 2001. Reneé serves in various capacities in the AVC, AABP, IVMA, and AVMA and is a member of the National Veterinary Response Team and the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team.


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Kerry Leedom Larson, DVM, MPH, PhD, DACVPM

Veterinary Specialist

Dr. Leedom Larson worked in an equine practice prior to completing her MPH and PhD in occupational health and safety. Before joining the CSFPH in 2010, she served as a health and safety consultant for the pork industry. Dr. Leedom Larson has developed a number of online training materials for the CFSPH involving emergency response and swine diseases. She regularly assists other veterinary specialists to develop content for NVAP and EEDA/IAT modules and with other projects involving zoonoses and foreign animal diseases.


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Maria Victoria Lenardón, DVM, MPH

Veterinary Specialist
2120 College of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Maria Victoria Lenardón received her degree of Médica Veterinaria from the Universidad Nacional de Rio Cuarto, Córdoba, Argentina in 2009. She practiced in a small animal clinic in Córdoba, Argentina before joining the CFSPH in 2010. She compared the EEDA course content with the OIE Day 1 Competencies as part of the requirements toward the MPH degree through the University of Minnesota in 2014. She is responsible for the Spanish language content on the CFSPH website, the Spanish version of the EEDA course and its implementation in the Americas, and frequently communicates with Spanish speaking instructors and users of CFSPH content. She is also involved in the translation of other resources for a variety of other projects for the Center, including the Secure Food Supply Plans. She leads the development of the OIE WAHIS project.


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Anna Rovid Spickler, DVM, PhD

Veterinary Specialist

Dr. Spickler received her DVM from the University of California, Davis in 1989 and PhD in immunology from ISU in 1995. She was an assistant professor at Shippensburg University from 1995 to 1997 and taught immunology, microbiology and general biology courses to undergraduates. She was a freelance medical and science writer from 1997 to 2005. Past projects include contributions the "Awesome Science of Biology" series from Biotech Publishing, the Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer and the Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. She is responsible for the CFSPH fact sheets and other technical documents that the CFSPH develops. She is a coeditor of the Transboundary and Emerging Diseases of Animals book and the Zoonotic Diseases of Companion Animals book, and is a coauthor of Zoonoses Chapter in The Merck Veterinary Manual, 10th Edition.