Brenda Rivera García, DVM, MPH




Dra Rivera has a Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University, and an MPH from The University of Iowa, Collage of Public Health. Her epidemiology training was enhanced during her Applied Field Epidemiology Fellowship with the Puerto Rico Department of Health and University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine. Dr. Rivera worked as Surveillance Coordinator at the Epidemiology and Research Office at the Puerto Rico Department of Health, San Juan, Puerto Rico. She served as the Acting State Public Health Veterinarian overseeing the tracking and Department of Health’s response to zoonotic diseases in Puerto Rico.


Research Interest
  • One Health approach to problem evaluation and solving - initiative or dogma explores and embraces the interdisciplinary collaboration and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.
  • Zoonotic and emerging (re-emerging) diseases
  • Public health surveillance systems
  • Health messaging and cultural competency.