Brian McCluskey, Chief Epidemiologist, US Department of Agriculture

Brian McCluskey, Chief Epidemiologist, US Department of Agriculture
Brian was in large animal veterinary practice, primarily dairy, in western Washington state for 3 ½ years following veterinary school. He joined APHIS in 1990 and following 9 months of training as part of the PVPC program in Olympia, Washington he was stationed in Charleston, West Virginia as a section veterinary medical officer. He was then sponsored by APHIS Cattle Diseases Staff in a graduate program at the University of Florida. After receiving his Masters degree in epidemiology, Brian was stationed at the Colorado Area Office as the Area Epidemiology Officer and served in that capacity until November of 1999. Brian then moved to the Center for Animal Health Monitoring in Fort Collins, CO as the Dairy Commodity Support Analyst and was the coordinator of the National Animal Health Monitoring System's Dairy 2002 study. He completed his PhD in Epidemiology at Colorado State University in 2003. He was the leader of the USDA's National Surveillance Unit whose charge is to coordinate development of a comprehensive, coordinated and integrated national animal health surveillance system. He was also identified as the National Animal Health Surveillance Coordinator for Veterinary Services in 2006. He completed the FEI's Leadership for a Democratic Society in May 2006 and joined the Senior Executive Service in April 2007 as the Director of Veterinary Services Western Region, managing animal health programs for all states west of the Mississippi River. Brian was named APHIS, Veterinary Services Chief Epidemiologist in July of 2011, a Senior Scientist Level position that reports directly to the Deputy Administrator of Veterinary Services.

Pacific Lutheran University, 1982 | B.S.
Washington State University, 1987 | D.V.M.
University of Florida, 1993 | M.S. Epidemiology
Colorado State University, 2003 | Ph.D. Epidemiology
American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine, 1995 | Diplomate