Dr. Nina M. Gannon is an assistant professor in public health sciences. She teaches the capstone course, which focuses on writing a scholarly paper, and mentors students in their research. Prior to joining Penn State, she was a full-time private practice veterinarian in Illinois and Iowa and an active member of the Iowa Veterinary Rapid Response Team, a homeland security state specialty response team that responds to agriculture and companion animal disasters. In addition, she is the associate director of the public health preparedness option, an academic advisor, and a member of the admissions committee. Her research interests include animals as sentinels for human disease, scholarly writing, and environmental risk factors.