Dr. Gannon is an assistant professor in public health sciences. She teaches the capstone course, focused upon writing of 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, responding 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.