UC Davis veterinary professor elected to prestigious Institute of Medicine

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, Ph.D., professor of epidemiology at the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) School of Veterinary Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious Institute of Medicine alongside fellow UC Davis professor Nancy E. Lane, MD.

Lane is an endowed professor of medicine and rheumatology and director of the Center for Musculoskeletal Health at UC Davis Health System.

According to a news release from UC Davis, Mazet is renowned for her efforts in the global One Health effort, as well as her contributions to the veterinary community at UC Davis, where she earned all of her advanced degrees, has spent most of her 19-year career, and has led initiatives that have improved veterinary medicine around the world.

Mazet is heavily involved in the One Health movement where she is constantly focused on improving medicine and health for humans, animals, and the environment, the university said. She is the director of the PREDICT program, which develops and supports a global early warning system for emerging zoonoses such as HIV, SARS, and Ebola.

According to UC Davis, Mazet's leadership has been instrumental in growing the One Health workforce by more than 2,500 people and discovering 250 viruses responsible for epidemics.

In addition to her leadership with PREDICT, UC Davis recognized Mazet for roles and accomplishments including:

  • Director of the Wildlife Health Center, where her leadership has advanced efforts to diagnose novel infections, track pathogen pollution from its victims to the source, and conserve endangered species worldwide.
  • Founder of California's Oiled Wildlife Care Network, which is dedicated to wildlife emergency health response.
  • Founder of the Health for Animals and Livelihood project, which is focused on reducing infectious disease transmission in Tanzania's Ruaha ecosystem.
  • Recipient of the International Wildlife Disease Association and American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians Joint Thorne Williams Award for most significant contribution to the field of wildlife health in 2011.
  • Recipient of the 2012 Outstanding Alumna Award from UC Davis.

In the university news release, Mazet paid tribute to the people with whom she has collaborated over the years to produce a wealth of advancements and accomplishments.

"I feel like I'm being honored for a body of work that is only possible because I've been lucky to work with an amazing team," Mazet said. "We can only begin to solve global problems by working effectively together across disciplinary, geographic, and political boundaries."