OCSA Champion: Dr. Tracey McNamara

Tracey McNamara

“Between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines – nor should there be” Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow (Oct 13, 1821 – Sept 5, 1902)

Meet Dr. Tracey McNamara, DVM, DACVP, Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Pathologists

Veterinary Pathologists are very much like the crime scene investigators on numerous police dramas. They delve into a mystery like the 1999 virus that spread in New York City that left several crows dead on the ground and look for clues to solve it.

It was Dr. McNamara who was the veterinary pathologist at the Bronx Zoo, who set to work, examining the dead birds and analyzing the tissue samples.  She was instrumental in helping to diagnose the condition known as the WEST NILE VIRUS.

She currently serves as Professor of Pathology at Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine in Pomona, California. She specializes in the recognition and understanding of the diseases of captive and free-ranging wildlife and is best known for her work on the West Nile Virus.  She is credited as having “served a central role as a unifying force, molding and sometimes forcing interrelationships between local and federal government agencies and private enterprises, enabling progress toward the common goal of monitoring a newly emerging disease in the United States.”

Dr. McNamara is the recipient of numerous awards including the first ever ACVP Scientific Achievement Award and in July of 2002, she received The President’s Award from the American Veterinary Medical Association in recognition of her contributions and dedication to animal, human, and public health for overcoming obstacles; identifying the West Nile Virus and for utilizing the facilities of zoos to establish surveillance and to monitor programs to control and combat the disease.

OCSA leadership had the great honor to meet Dr. McNamara at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California in February of 2013.  Please take a moment to watch the video where she endorses OCSA and our collaboration with the veterinary community to advance the One Health Concept.

Visit OCSA website for a complete list of OCSA Champions

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