Dr. Kristine Smith is a veterinarian and a board certified specialist in zoo and wildlife health. As the Associate Director of Health and Policy at EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Smith focuses on issues surrounding wildlife disease, human health and the global wildlife trade. Dr. Smith works to align policy with science, aiming to find solutions for conservation and health that are productive, economically sound, and beneficial to stakeholders - all necessary components for sustainability.
"It is our responsibility to ensure that human behavior and our interactions with our environment are not detrimental to our own health. The health of wildlife depends on functioning ecosystems and vice-versa. Human health and our food security depends on the environment and sound agricultural practices. We must ensure we understand and are capable of caring for these complex, One Health relationships." - Dr. Kristine Smith
Prior to joining EcoHealth Alliance, Dr. Smith worked for the wild bird Global Avian Influenza Network for Surveillance (GAINS) project as a Field Veterinarian investigating H5N1 avian influenza in Central and Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Dr. Smith then served as Assistant Director for Field Programs with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Global Health Program, where she coordinated wildlife disease investigations across the globe.
Dr. Smith obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine. She worked with the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC prior to completing a medical and surgical internship in Los Angeles, California. She executed her clinical residency in Zoo and Wildlife Medicine at the Bronx Zoo in New York and then obtained her board status as a Diplomate of the American College of Zoological Medicine. She has conducted wildlife disease investigations across Africa, Asia, and the Americas. She has coordinated several collaborative studies and workshops with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organization, and World Health Organization.