Gretchen E. Kaufman
Dr. Kaufman’s primary responsibility at the Allen School is to oversee and develop the school’s global educational programs. She coordinates the Professional Certificate Program in Global Animal Health for WSU veterinary students interested in pursuing careers that address global health challenges at the human-animal interface.
Dr Kaufman works with the Allen School leadership team to develop additional graduate level teaching platforms that compliment and support the school’s research and outreach mission. Dr. Kaufman also works with educational partners, such as the University of Washington, to create innovative one-health teaching platforms and curricula that address the growing need for education and leadership in this area.
Dr. Kaufman’s primary focus is in:
- Directing and developing educational initiatives in fulfillment of the Allen School mission
- Developing effective interdisciplinary one health pedagogy and curricula
- Promoting and supporting the role of veterinarians as key contributors in global animal health
Dr. Kaufman has worked in Nepal since 2001. She helped the veterinary school at the Institute for Agriculture and Animal Science put in place student-centered dog rabies prevention and surgical sterilization curriculum. With the support from a Fulbright award, she developed a wildlife and conservation medicine masters course. She has facilitated and mentored more than 20 joint Nepalese-American veterinary student research projects. Dr. Kaufman has also been working with government wildlife officials and local and international nongovernmental organizations to build capacity in wildlife health in Nepal. This work has resulted in the government sanctioned Nepal Elephant Tuberculosis Control and Management Action Plan and the creation of several new wildlife veterinary positions.