Jeff Bender, DVM, MS

Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Jeff Bender

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-625-6203

Office Address:
Environmental Health Sciences
School of Public Health
1214 Mayo
420 Delaware Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor, Department of Veterinary Population Medicine (VPM)

Co-Director, Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH)


Adjunct Professor, School of Public Health

Adjunct Professor - College of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

DVM, University of Minnesota

MS, University of Minnesota

BS, California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine


I am a veterinarian and public health practitioner with 20 years of post-graduate experience, I have directed and collaborated on a broad range of research and surveillance projects pertaining to infectious and zoonotic diseases (i.e. influenza, foodborne diseases, antimicrobial resistant organism). My research is multidisciplinary, requiring collaborations with government, industry, and commodity organizations. This includes scientists in academia, NIH, Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources, and private industry. I also have served on policy-making bodies designing programs to address emerging issues in public health.


My expertise includes epidemiology, infection control and prevention, designing and evaluating surveillance programs, and development of educational and outreach programs.



Research Summary/Interests

Working at the Interface of Human and Animal Health

  • Zoonoses and Emerging Diseases
  • Food Safety
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Infectious Disease Surveillance
  • Infection Prevention and Control



Teaching Areas

DVM Professional Courses

Veterinary Public Health (CVM 6030) – Course for 2rd year veterinary students to discuss and describe the epidemiology of zoonotic diseases (e.g. animal bites, rabies, anthrax, Salmonella, E. coli O157, blastomycosis)

Graduate Courses

Diseases Common to Humans and Animals (VMED 8090) – Graduate level course involving the description, life cycle, modes of transmission, and prevention methods for zoonotic diseases of importance for human health