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Valerie Ragan

Valerie E. Ragan, DVM

CPCVM Director

Dr. Valerie Ragan is director of the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine for the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Ragan is responsible for expansion of the role of the center in the areas of public health and policy, and international veterinary medicine, including increasing opportunities for student engagement in national and international veterinary and animal health organizations involved in public veterinary practice.

Prior to joining VA-MD Vet Med, Dr. Ragan was the president of AgWorks Solutions LLC, an agriculture consulting company in Washington, DC, where her activities included resolving animal health issues such as disease control, eradication, and surveillance, and international veterinary capacity building.

From 1988 to 2006, she was employed by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). After five years of private practice, she began her work with the USDA as a veterinary medical officer and public practice career trainee. She then served as an area epidemiology officer and senior staff veterinarian/national brucellosis epidemiologist. She subsequently served as assistant deputy administrator of the agency’s Veterinary Services program. In that capacity, she served as the national animal health surveillance coordinator, and established the National Surveillance Unit at USDA’s Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health.

Dr. Ragan completed her pre-veterinary work at Virginia Tech and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 1983 from the University of Georgia. She also completed post-graduate work in biostatistics and epidemiology at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health.

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Stephen F. Sundlof

Stephen F. Sundlof, DVM, PhD

Adjunct Faculty

Dr. Stephen F. Sundlof, a former executive with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), served a two-year assignment with the Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine (CPCVM), and is currently serving as adjunct faculty. Sundlof's focus is on food safety and security, and career transition training for veterinarians interested in public service.

Sundlof has served as director of the FDA's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition from 2008 to 2010, and spent the previous 14 years as director of the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine. He began his career in 1980 on the faculty of the University of Florida's College of Veterinary Medicine.

Sundlof has published numerous articles in scientific journals on drug residues and food safety. From 1994 to 2008, he served as chairman of the World Health Organization/Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Codex Alimentarius Committee on Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Foods. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Toxicology and a former president of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics.