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David Marquez

San Antonio, Texas

Public Health Through a Vet’s Lens

While civilian veterinarians typically specialize in discrete areas of veterinary medicine, such as small or large animals, David Marquez and other military vets wear many hats every day: caring for working dogs, running zoonotic disease prevention programs, and overseeing food safety and defense operations are just a few of the jobs that Marquez has held over his eight-year Army career.

His most recent role sparked his passion for public health.

“I want to merge the disciplines of military medicine, veterinary public health, and global health to reduce environmental health threats in our military soldiers and their families.”

While conducting food and water risk assessments in Central and South America, Marquez traveled to local eateries frequented by military personnel to teach restaurant workers basic food safety practices—through classes and hands-on instruction—to keep troops healthy. Later, on a NATO peacekeeping deployment in Kosovo, he served as the veterinarian in charge of food safety and zoonotic disease operations for all deployed U.S. service members.

In his MPH program, Marquez plans to learn more about infectious diseases, particularly those that affect humans and animals alike, and how to develop, implement, and analyze the best disease prevention programs and policies.

“I want to merge the disciplines of military medicine, veterinary public health, and global health,” he says, “to reduce environmental health threats in our military soldiers and their families.”

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FROM
San Antonio, Texas

DEGREES

BS, Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M University, 2010; DVM, Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine, 2013

PURSUING
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