Dr. Dvorak graduated from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University (ISU) in 2001. She earned her BS degree in Zoology (Minor in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology) in 1995 and her MS degree in Fisheries Biology/Aquaculture also from ISU. Dr. Dvorak practiced companion animal medicine in Iowa, before returning to school and completing her MPH degree from the University of Iowa, College of Public Health in May 2003. In 2007, Dr. Dvorak became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
She began working for CFSPH in 2002 as a Veterinary Specialist and was named Assistant Director in 2008. She manages the animal disease fact sheets and zoonotic disease resources for the CFSPH, and manages supplemental training materials for the USDA-APHIS National Veterinary Accreditation Program. She is editor of two textbooks on zoonoses and serves as an instructor for several web-based courses on zoonotic diseases and emergency preparedness. She has developed numerous “just-in-time” training resources for animal health emergencies.
In 2014, she received the Frank A. Todd ACVPM President’s Award for meritorious service [co-instructor for an on-line board certification preparatory course] from the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Dr. Dvorak is the Chair of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association, Public Health Committee and an Adjunct Lecturer and Course Co-Instructor for the University of Iowa, College of Public Health.