Dominic Travis, DVM, MS

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Dominic Travis

Contact Info

[email protected]

Office Phone 612-626-5911

Mobile Phone Skype: dominic

Office Address:
435 F AS/VM
1988 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Mailing Address:
435 F AS/VM
1988 Fitch Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health

Residency in Veterinary Public Health, VA-MD Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

DVM, Michigan State University

MS, University of Maryland (Epidemiology)

BS, North Carolina State University (Zoology)


Dominic Travis is currently Associate Professor and lead of the One Health Division at the University of Minnesota’s College of Veterinary Medicine with additional appointments in the School of Public Health and Institute on the Environment. Dr. Travis is an expert in veterinary public health at the wildlife interface and a practitioner of ecosystem health. His current research is focused in three areas: the human-nonhuman primate interface; wildlife trade and food security; and community health in resource limited settings. He has conducted disease risk analysis and surveillance research and capacity building with OIE, IUCN, FAO, USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program, and Ministries and Universities in Africa, SE Asia, and the Americas - he often advises the USG on Biological Threats intersecting with wildlife. He is co-editor of the OIE-IUCN Joint Guidelines for Risk Analysis at the Wildlife Interface; IUCN Best Practices for Wildlife Reintroductions and Best Practices for Monitoring Great Ape Health. Previously, he helped build the Africa component of the USAID Emerging Pandemic Threats Program (RESPOND Project 2010-2013). From 2000-2010, helped build one of the largest non-profit conservation research organizations in the world at the Lincoln Park Zoological Society in Chicago, USA. During this time, he built national wildlife disease sentinel monitoring systems for Tuberculosis, WNV and Avian Influenza in partnership with CDC, USDA, USFWS, USGS and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and managed over fifty scientists conducting applied conservation and ecosystem health research in over twenty countries on four Continents. His training consists of a BS in Zoology from North Carolina State (1992), Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University (1997), and an MS in Epidemiology from University of Maryland (2000). Post-Doctoral training includes an Internship at USDA Plum Island Animal Disease Control Center and a Residency in Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology at the VA-MD College of Veterinary Medicine. His work has been highlighted in many scientific media outlets, academic journals and scholarly texts. Scholarly Publications can be found at Google Scholar.


Ecosystem Health; Wildlife Epidemiology; Health Risk Analysis and surveillance; Science Communication; International Health Research Collaboration


Research Summary/Interests

His current research interests focus on interactions between animal/human health and biodiversity, food and water security and the global wildlife trade, as well as the socio-cultural drivers of these interactions.

Research Funding Grants

Ecosystem Health in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, NIH, Arcus Foundation, Morris Animal Foundation



Teaching Areas

Undergraduate VeterinaryAcademic Health CtrGraduatePublic Health Institute
Ecosystem Health Concepts & MethodsXXXXX
Zoonotic and Emerging Infectious DiseasesXXXXX
Intl and Cultural MedicineXXXX
Wildlife Health