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Dr Elizabeth Parker

Agrilife Research, Texas A&M University
International and Strategic Partnerships Specialist
Elizabeth Parker grew up on a farm in Abilene, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas and received two Bachelors of Science (Biomedical Science in 1987 and Veterinary Science in 1990) and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, with an emphasis on equine medicine. She was in private veterinary practice in Texas doing mixed, small animal and small animal emergency work from 1993 through 1999.
Elizabeth worked on agriculture policy for the United States Congress, House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture in Washington, DC from 1999 to 2006, first as the 1999-2000 American Veterinary Medical Association’s Congressional Science Fellow for Ranking Member Charlie Stenholm (D-TX); and subsequently as Majority Professional Staff for then-Chairman Larry Combest (R-TX), followed by Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). While on the Committee, Elizabeth worked on fruit and vegetable issues, viticulture, marketing orders and promotion programs, livestock issues, animal and plant health, pesticides, biotechnology, homeland security, food safety, research and honey issues, among others. Legislation of interest she has worked on are The Agriculture Risk Protection Act of 2000 (crop insurance), The Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (farm bill), the National Veterinary Medical Services Act of 2003 and the Specialty Crop Competitiveness Act of 2004.
From 2007-2011, Elizabeth served as the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association’s first Chief Veterinarian, leading the association’s domestic and international efforts related to animal health, animal welfare and food safety and security, especially those debated within the government agencies, in Congress and in the international arena.
Elizabeth served two stints at the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) in Rome, Italy - in 2006 as an International Consultant, Avian Influenza and Planning Operations Officer for the Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division where she worked on highly pathogenic avian influenza strategy, policy and resource mobilization; and from December 2011 – July 2014 as an Animal Health Officer, Programming Unit, Infectious Diseases Group within FAO’s Animal Health Service (AGAH), where she focused on overall strategy, coordination, quality assurance and resource mobilization for AGAH and the Emergency Center for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) related to zoonotic and transboundary animal diseases, among others.
In August 2014, Elizabeth returned home to Texas with a joint appointment as the Chief Veterinarian for the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) and with the Office of the Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, serving as a subject matter expert related to livestock and animal health. Utilizing her extensive national and international experience she worked to develop collaborations between IIAD and animal health stakeholders, provided senior leadership on programs and projects and served as IIAD’s principal liaison with international agricultural, government and corporate partners to support IIAD’s mission.
Currently Elizabeth is an International and Strategic Partnerships Specialist with the Office of the Director, Texas A&M AgriLife Research, providing leadership in enhancing coordinated international engagement, partnerships and strategic initiatives.

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Wednesday, July 24

9:15am PDT