Jorge Hernandez is a Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences and has Courtesy Faculty Professor Appointments at the UF Department of Environmental and Global Health and UF Center for Latin American Studies.
He has professional experience in Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Thailand, Switzerland and the United States.
His main research interests are analytical studies of health and performance issues in food animals, equine athletes, and wildlife, as well as epidemiology and laboratory diagnosis of emerging pathogens in animal and human populations. He is a visiting scholar at the University of Yucatan and at the University of La Salle in Colombia. Since 2000, he collaborates with USDA as instructor and mentor of epidemiology and animal disease surveillance systems in national veterinary services in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa. During 2004-2005, he was a visiting scholar at the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office in Bern, where he worked on several educational and research projects related to surveillance and risk analysis of diseases of economic importance to animal agriculture in Switzerland and the European Union. In 2006, he served as a consultant to assess the capacity of veterinary services in sea ports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
During 2007-2008 and 2009-2010, he served as a consultant for the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization on formulation, implementation and evaluation of national surveillance systems for influenza viruses in animal populations in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, he is collaborating with USDA FAS and Peru's Ministry of Agriculture in a cooperative capacity building and training program in animal health. He is author or co-author of 90+ peer-reviewed scientific publications , and Associate Editor for BMC Veterinary Research: epidemiology section, and ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Preventive Veterinary Medicine, Journal of Dairy Science, and the Journal of Veterinary Medical Sciences.