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  • Phone:
    (970) 297-5064
    207 Diagnostic Medical Center
    Mailing Address:
    1678 Campus Delivery
    Fort Collins, CO 80523-1678

At the Applied Veterinary Epidemiology (AVE) research group, rather than specializing on one animal species or one specific health issue, we focus on studying factors relevant for the prevention and control of diseases at the interface of livestock, wildlife, and humans in different environments, globally. An important component of our research philosophy is an integrated multidisciplinary approach in which environmental, socio-economical, cultural, and political factors are considered in conjunction with the disease causing agent and the host when addressing health issues. Thus, we work in close partnership with government officials, large and small animal clinicians, microbiologists, molecular biologists, nurses, nutritionists, physicians, social workers, wildlife biologists, wildlife veterinarians, and policy and decision makers, among others. 
At AVE we design and implement studies that seek to answer practical question arising from colleagues facing important health challenges in their respective fields. To accomplish our goals, we collect and analyze field data using advanced quantitative epidemiological and statistical tools. With our applied, multidisciplinary, and integrated research approach, we seek to provide scientific evidence to evaluate health programs currently in place and to provide a scientific platform that will inform the decision makers during the implementation of new strategies to address health issues.




Dr. Francisco Olea-Popelka was recently elected to serve as chairman of The Union's Zoonotic TB Sub-Section. The sub-section, within an international organization, monitors the transmission of tuberculosis between animals and people, especially in the world's poor communities.