Jeanette O’Quin, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, ABVP (Shelter Medicine), is an Ohio State alumna and assistant professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, focusing on animal shelter medicine, veterinary public health and disaster response. She has a strong interest in disease prevention and control and has authored three book chapters on these topics.
Her work includes international efforts to reduce rabies in animals and people. Before joining the College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, she worked for the Ohio Department of Health Zoonotic Disease Program where she also supported the state’s response to H1N1.
Dr. O’Quin has a broad background in animal and public health and teaches epidemiology, a branch of medicine which deals with the incidence, distribution, and possible control of diseases, at the college. COVID-19 has given people a better understanding of what epidemiology is and its critical role in regards to disease control efforts.
“As this pandemic evolves, I’ve been working with a fantastic group of shelter veterinarians and professionals to develop recommendations for providing animal care during this crisis," said O’Quin.
O’Quin, alongside other healthcare providers, is employing novel new strategies such as expanded foster programs in the community, new programs that provide alternatives for animals needing to be rehomed, and curbside adoptions. These initiatives utilize social distancing while maintaining lifesaving capacity for shelter animals.
“What many people may not know, is that veterinarians are working as part of one health teams to develop treatments and a vaccine for SARS-CoV-2 virus. They are working in laboratories developing and running diagnostic tests, as well as volunteering to assist human healthcare providers should they need additional support,” said O’Quin.