Jeff Bender, DVM, MS

Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

Jeff Bender

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6203

Office Address:
1214 Mayo

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

DVM, University of Minnesota

MS, University of Minnesota

BS, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine


I am a veterinarian and public health practitioner with 20 years of post-graduate experience, I have directed and collaborated on a broad range of research and surveillance projects pertaining to infectious and zoonotic diseases (i.e. influenza, foodborne diseases, antimicrobial resistant organism). 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.


Epidemiology, infection control and prevention, designing and evaluating surveillance programs, and development of educational and outreach programs.



Research Summary/Interests

Working at the Interface of Human and Animal Health

  • Zoonoses and Emerging Diseases
  • Food Safety
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Infectious Disease Surveillance
  • Infection Prevention and Control

Research Funding Grants

  • 2016–2021, CDC, "Veterinary Healthcare Quality Improvement and Research Protocol Development and Implementation," Principal Investigator




  • CVM 6030, Veterinary Public Health
  • VMED 8090, Diseases Common to Humans and Animals


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