Katey Pelican, PhD, DVM

Katey Pelican

Associate Professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
Senior Technical Officer, USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats 2: One Health Workforce Project
Head, Ecosystem Health Division
Resident fellow, Institute on the Environment

Katey Pelican, PhD, DVM, is an associate professor and head of the Ecosystem Health Division in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. The Ecosystem Health Initiative focuses on improving health at the intersection of animals, humans and the environment (also known as One Health). In 2009, Pelican became University Partner Co-Lead for the USAID funded RESPOND project to build global capacity for diseases emerging out of animal populations using One Health approaches. This project is focused on working with 28 university schools of public health, veterinary medicine, nursing and medicine to create innovative training programs that improve health and control infectious diseases in emerging disease hotspots. She is now continuing that work as Senior Technical Officer on the One Health Workforce project, part of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program 2. In addition to her work with USAID, she has research projects focused on understanding health and disease at the human-livestock-wildlife interface in Africa, Panama, Chile, and Minnesota. As Lead for the Stone Mountain Meeting One Health Capacity Building Working Group, Dr. Pelican has additionally worked with USDA, the World Bank, CDC, and FAO to implement a new One Health Systems Mapping and Analysis Resource Toolkit (OH-SMART) that was piloted in Minnesota in 2013 and is now being launched as a part of the Global Health Security Agenda implementation plan for the US Department of Agriculture in the US and Indonesia.