Population Health Sciences Faculty

Cassidy Rist, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Assistant Professor
Center for Public and Corporate Veterinary Medicine
Department of Population Health Sciences


  • 2014
    Master of Public Health (Global Epidemiology)
    Emory University
    Atlanta, GA
  • 2005
    Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
    University of Florida
    Gainesville, FL

Board Certification

  • 2018
    Diplomat of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine

Professional Experience

  • 2016 – Present
    Assistant Professor
    Population Health Sciences
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
    Virginia Tech
    Blacksburg, VA
  • 2015 – 2016
    Veterinary Medical Officer
    United States Department of Agriculture
    Richmond, VA
  • 2014 – 2016
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA
  • 2014 – 2015
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Emory University
    Atlanta, GA
    Harvard Medical School
    Boston, MA
  • 2012 – 2014
    Research Fellow
    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Atlanta, GA
  • 2011 – 2012
    Veterinarian, General Practice
    Trenton Animal Hospital
    Trenton, FL
  • 2009 – 2011
    Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care
    Affiliated Pet Emergency Services
    Gainesville, FL
  • 2007 – 2009
    Veterinarian, Emergency and Critical Care
    Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
    Santa Fe, NM
  • 2006 – 2007
    Intern, Small Animal Surgery
    Wheat Ridge Veterinary Specialists
    Wheat Ridge, CO
  • 2005 – 2006
    Intern, Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care
    New England Animal Medical Center
    West Bridgewater, MA

Professional & Research Interests

  • Building collaborative programs at the intersection of human, animal and environmental health
  • Training veterinary students for careers in epidemiology, disease surveillance, infection control and prevention, and public health
  • Investigating the use of endectocides in livestock as a novel malaria vector control
  • Strengthening international veterinary capacity for disease detection and response

Selected Publications

  1. Errecaborde KM, Rist C, Travis D, Ragan V, Potter T, Pekol A, Pelican K, Dutcher T (2019). Evaluating One Health: the role of team science in multisectoral collaboration. OIE Scientific and Technical Review, Vol. 38(1). doi:10.20506/rst.issue.38.1.2937
  2. Imbahale, S. S., Lopez, J. M., Brew, J., Paaijmans, K., Rist, C., & Chaccour, C. (2019). Mapping the potential use of endectocide-treated cattle to reduce malaria transmission. Scientific reports, 9(1), 5826. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-42356-x
  3. Rist CL, Garchitorena A, Ngonghala CN, Gillespie TR, Bonds MH (2015). The burden of livestock parasites on the poor. Trends in Parasitology, 31(11):p527-530. doi:10.1016/j.pt.2015.09.005
  4. Rist CL, Ngonghala CN, Garchitorena A, Brook CE, Ramananjato RH, Miller AC, Randrianarivelojosia M, Wright PC, Gillespie TR, Bonds MH (2015). Modeling the burden of poultry disease on the rural poor in Madagascar. One Health, vol 1:p60-65. doi:10.1016/j.onehlt.2015.10.002
  5. Rist CL, Arriola CS, Rubin C (2014). Prioritizing zoonoses: A proposed One Health tool for collaborative decision-making. PLoS ONE 9(10): e109986. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0109986

Invited Talks

  1. USDA Economic Research Service and Farm Foundation, 2018. Meeting on Challenges to Changing Antibiotic Use in Food Animal Production: Economics, Data and Policy: “Impact of FDA Veterinary Feed Directive Policies on Practicing Veterinarians: Results of a Qualitative Survey
  2. American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Annual meeting, 2018: “Malaria Ivermectin Roadmap Symposium, Enhancing Impact from One Health Strategies”. Oral presentation.
  3. Potomac Regional Veterinary Conference, 2017. Small Animal and Public Health joint section presentation: “A Comparative Perspective on Lyme Disease
  4. Honors Seminar Course at the University of Maryland, February 9 and 11, 2016. “Outbreak Investigation Methods” and “Major Disease Outbreaks in Humans and Animals”
  5. Health and Humanitarian Emergencies Course at the Johns Hopkins University, January 14 and 15, 2016. “The Impact of Disasters on Agriculture and Food Security” and “Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ebola, from disease to disaster”
  6. International Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics, October 3, 2015. “A coupled epidemiological-economic model for measuring the burden of poultry disease on the rural poor in Madagascar”
  7. Education and Research Center for Occupational Safety and Health Seminar Series at the Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, April 6, 2015. "Reaching National Consensus for Disease Control: Prioritization at the Human, Animal and Environmental Health Interface"
  8. Health and Humanitarian Emergencies Course at the Johns Hopkins University, January 12, 2015. “Emerging Infectious Diseases: Ebola, from disease to disaster”
  9. Veterinary Epidemiology Course at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, April 14, 2014. “The CDC One Health Office and Pathways to Public Health”
  10. Division Seminar at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of High-Consequence Pathogens and Pathology, April 2, 2014. “Lemurs In the Backyard, Chickens In the Kitchen: Finding One Health Solutions for Madagascar”