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Veterinary Public Health Organization

The Veterinary Public Health Organization (VPHO) was established in 2006 at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, pioneered by a team of devoted students and supportive faculty. Over a decade later, VPHO is still going strong and helping future veterinarians prepare to fulfil their Veterinarian's Oath:
"Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge..." -AVMA

Mission Statement 

Veterinary Public Health Organization is a club for ambitious veterinary students who want to make an impact on society on large scales. We are passionate about the human-animal interface, and promote veterinary medicine’s important role in human health. We strive to foster the relationship between human and veterinary medicine to promote public health and overall medical advancement.


  • Expose members to: the roles and responsibilities of veterinarians in public health; public health career options for veterinarians; and current events and hot topics in public health.
  • Demonstrate the applicability and importance of public health topics in various areas of veterinary medicine
  • Promote communication and collaboration between human medical professionals and veterinary medical professionals.
  • Promote networking between professionals and students interested in public health.
  • Provide opportunities to learn and practice skills useful to public health veterinarians.

VPHO would like to extend a huge thank you to all the doctors, technicians, and others who have presented, run wetlabs, guided field trips, offered advice, and helped to make UCD's veterinary public health organization a successful and ever expanding student run club.