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Danielle Julien Wright

DVM, MPH, PhD Candidate


Danielle was born in Grenada, West Indies and also lived in St. Kitts and Barbados before coming to Guelph to pursue a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) degree at the University of Guelph in 2000. In 2004, she started the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) program at the Ontario Veterinary College (OVC). During this time, Danielle had the unique opportunity to travel to and volunteer in Kenya, Tanzania and Zimbabwe as part of the Global Vets program, and facilitated by Veterinarians Without Borders (VWB/VSF). Resulting from these experiences, Danielle recognized the importance of sustainable community health and the utility of combining veterinary medicine with public health efforts in the control and prevention of zoonoses (diseases shared between humans and vertebrate animals). She completed her veterinary student externship in the New Forest, Hampshire, UK and in 2008 graduated from the DVM program. After one year in companion animal practice, Danielle worked on a contract project with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Poultry Industry Council (PIC). In 2011 she left industry to pursue a Master of Public Health (MPH) at the OVC. In 2013 she returned to the OVC and started her PhD in Epidemiology with Dr. Jan Sargeant in the Department of Population Medicine. Danielle's research interests include using the One Health approach to control and prevent companion animal zoonoses in [low-resource] communities, sustainble community health and well-being and the knowledge translation of research findings to inform public health policy.

Research Interests

Areas of Interest: Control and Prevention of [Companion] Animal Zoonoses, One Health, Public Health, Community Health, Qualitative Methods, Knowledge translation and extension.

Intended Research Thesis: Utilizing the principles of One Health to Mitigate Public Health Risks and Consequences of Companion Animal Zoonoses in Marginalized and Low-Resource Setting Communities.


Graduate Teaching Assistant Introduction to Epidemiology and Statistics (POPM*6520) Fall 2016

Course Co-Instructor, Ecosystem Approaches to Health (POPM*6950*01) Summer 2016

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Health Management II (VETM*3410) Fall 2015

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Art of Veterinary Medicine III (VETM*4220) Winter 2014

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Health Management, (Phase IV) Winter 2013


Professional Experience & Honours

Professional Experience:

Livestock Research Innovation Corporation (LRIC)           Guelph, ON      2013 Jun. – 2013 Dec.  Project Manager

Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses (CPHAZ)         University of Guelph, ON        2013 June – 2013 Aug.Sponsorship Assistant, 24th Rabies in the Americas (RITA) Conference

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC)  Toronto, ON     2012 May. – 2012 Aug.Veterinary Public Health Intern, Infectious Diseases Policies and Programs, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Poultry Industry Council (PIC)    Guelph, ON           2009 Oct. – 2011 Sept.Biosecurity Program Specialist

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA)                Guelph, ON       2009 Aug. – 2011Sept. Contract


Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) Graduate Student Research Symposium - PhD Poster Prize Winner 2016

CAVEPM 2016 Poster Winner - Public Health and Zoonoses

The Donald R. MacDonald Memorial Book Prize 2014

OVC Fellowship (PhD) 2013

DVM/MPH OMAFRA Stipend Funding 2011