Dr. Bickett-Weddle has been an Associate Director since 2004. Prior to joining CFSPH, she earned her Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University (1995) and her DVM degree from Iowa State University (1999). She practiced in South Dakota, worked with the dairy industry in the upper Midwest, and returned to Ames to work at CFSPH and earn her Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa (2003). She managed content development for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) for 10 years. Dr. Bickett-Weddle is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (2006) and earned her PhD from Iowa State University (2009). She manages, writes guidance documents, and presents nationally and internationally on the Secure Food Supply Plans for Continuity of Business for the Beef, Milk, Sheep and Wool industries. She also supports disaster preparedness and biosecurity efforts for ISU Extension and Outreach Ag and Natural Resources.
Teaching Responsibilities, Membership and Awards
She is passionate about biosecurity, public health, and the livestock industry and combines these topics in her work educating livestock producers, veterinarians, veterinary students, and the public about animal diseases and how to protect themselves and their livelihood. She teaches at Iowa State University in the College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Ag and Life Sciences. She teaches at the University of Iowa in the College of Public Health where she also serves as the academic advisor and MPH program liaison for veterinary students and veterinarians. She was honored to serve as the AVMA House of Delegates representative for the Iowa VMA from 2008-2016. She gives back to the profession that has given her so much by serving as the President of the American Association of Extension Veterinarians (2019-2021) and as President of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (2019-2020). She received the ACVPM President’s Award (2014), the IVMA Veterinarian of the Year award (2012), and the CYtation Award for outstanding work by a P&S employee (2007).