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.