Hylife’s Public Health Expert
To ensure we are educated in our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, HyLife has decided to partner with Judy Hodge, BSc, DVM, MPH, DACVPM. Her training and experience, which includes working as a public health consultant with other pandemic cases, allows her to understand how and why diseases spread in order to protect populations, not just individuals.
Judy is a veterinarian and epidemiologist who is focused on public health. She is committed to applied research and community driven change to create healthier people, animals, and environments.
Judy loves to answer questions, so please feel free to reach out to her at her dedicated email address:
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Read about Judy’s education, experience, and expertise below:
Judy graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. She has worked in Manitoba with livestock and companion animals, as well as in India with Global Vets and in Uganda with Veterinarians without Borders.
In 2012, she completed a Master of Public Health degree with a focus in Global Health Leadership, at New York University (NYU), where she was the only veterinarian in her class of “human doctors,” lawyers, and social scientists, among other professions.
Wanting to put her public health skills in action, Judy also worked in several disciplines outside of veterinary medicine, including: Naturopathic Medicine for Global Health on a community health worker project in Guatemala; Engineers Without Borders NYC on a water improvement project in Usalama, Kenya; and the NYU Dental Outreach team on an oral health care program in Grenada.
In 2013, Judy co-founded Katrime Integrated Health, a public health consulting company which has helped to understand healthcare workers’ perceptions of pandemic H1N1 influenza virus.
In 2014, Judy joined the Canadian Food Inspection Agency as a Foreign Animal Disease veterinarian and contributed to the disease response during the 2014 – 2015 outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza on both the euthanasia and epidemiology teams.
Judy has since worked with the Manitoba Provincial government and the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, where she has been called on as an expert in expertise in infectious diseases and parasitology, environmental health and toxicology, food safety, epidemiology and biostatistics, and public health administration and education. She values the art of clear, consistent communication, particularly in emergencies.