Jeff Bender
Office Address:
1214 Mayo
Mailing Address:

420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Jeff Bender, DVM, MS

Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences


Director, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)
Director, Public Health Practice Program
Adjunct, College of Veterinary Medicine
Hospital Epidemiologist, Veterinary Medical Center, University of Minnesota


DVM, University of Minnesota
MS, University of Minnesota
BS, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo
Board Certification, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM)


I am a veterinarian and public health practitioner with over 20 years of post-graduate experience on a broad range of research and surveillance projects pertaining to diseases and injuries at the human-animal interface. These include zoonotic diseases (i.e., influenza, foodborne pathogens, antimicrobial resistant organisms) and injuries and illnesses due to animal contact (e.g., occupational hazards, agritourism). My research is multidisciplinary, requiring collaborations with government, industry, and commodity organizations. This includes scientists in academia, NIH, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and private industry. I also have served on policy-making bodies designing programs to address emerging issues in public health.

Some previous positions include: Director of the USAID funded One Health Workforce project focused on building capacity for detecting, responding and preventing emerging infectious diseases in SE Asia and Africa; Special Government Employee – FDA Science Advisory Board; Principle Investigator of the CDC funded Avian Influenza Cooperative Research Center.


An internationally recognized expert on diseases at the human-animal interface. Areas of expertise: Epidemiology, infection control and prevention, designing and evaluating surveillance programs, risk communication, and development of educational and outreach programs.

Awards and Recognition

  • Delta Omega Honorary Society

Professional Associations

  • American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
  • American Veterinary Epidemiology Society
  • American Veterinary Medical Association (1987-present)
  • Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
  • Infectious Disease Society of America (2000-present)
  • International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (ISCAID)
  • Minnesota Veterinary Medical Association
  • National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (1995-present)

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