Animal Health & Food Security Policy

About our Program

The WSU College of Veterinary Medicine and its co-sponsors offer a three-part Animal Health Policy program to learn about policy-making and implementation at local, national, and international levels. Each is a case-based course conducted on- and off-campus through a series of experiential learning opportunities based on relevant animal health issues.

Participants gathered in a group

Participants in the National Policy program, 2013
 with reporters from the McClatchy Co.
Washington DC news office

For Prospective Participants
  • The Local Policy Program focuses on local government and politics and their interaction with global issues. Students have visited departments of agriculture in Washington, California, Ohio, and Minnesota and met with the Secretaries of Agriculture, state veterinarian, farm bureaus, legislatures, NGOs, and the local press.
  • The National Policy Program integrates local and national government with global health issues and international trade policy. Students have had the opportunity to visit the FDA, USDA (US Chief Veterinary Officer, Program Officers at NIFA), US Farm Bureau, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the AVMA Government Relations Division.
  • The Global Policy Program focuses on global intergovernmental agencies and the implications of policy on global animal health issues. Students have met with representatives from USAID, the FAO US delegate, and the International Food Policy Research Institute and speak with lobbyists and the National Press Club.

Each year a select group of 10-15 students from WSU and other universities participate in this unique program that provides real-world policy experience in animal health and food safety issues. The program is aimed at early career professionals such as graduate students in research or professional programs, and early career professionals in public or private practice animal health.

This is a joint educational effort of the School of Veterinary Medicine, MPVM program, and One Health Institute (University of California Davis), Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership and the Center for Animal Health and Food Safety (University of Minnesota), International Veterinary Epidemiology and One Health Program (Mississippi State), and the College of Veterinary Medicine  (Washington State University).

For more information about these programs contact Bill Sischo at

Washington State University