Dr. Jamie Umber is a public health veterinarian with a focus on zoonotic diseases, one health, and public health preparedness and policy. She returned to CIDRAP to conduct an assessment of antibiotic stewardship programs within the United States food animal industry and has joined the Antibiotic Stewardship Project team. Dr. Umber previously worked with CIDRAP on the BioWatch Program, leading a nationwide veterinary workgroup. More recently she worked with the University of Minnesota Secure Food Systems team as a risk analyst, interpreting and utilizing current federal guidance on foreign animal disease (FAD) surveillance and control to evaluate the risks associated with live animal movements during a potential FAD outbreak. Dr. Umber’s work is based on interdisciplinary engagement and collaboration addressing issues that impact human, animal, and environmental health. Dr. Umber has worked closely with animal agriculture industry partners as well as state and federal regulatory and emergency response officials. She has experience evaluating disease risks, conducting disease surveillance, and developing realistic risk mitigation measures, as well as evaluating the implementation of food safety and quality assurance programs.
Dr. Umber is board-certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine; she has served in the US Army Veterinary Corps, worked in private practice, and completed a veterinary public health residency. Dr. Umber earned her DVM and MPH degrees at the University of Minnesota and her bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Davis.