Academic Qualifications: Dr. Adams has over 20 years of experience in wildlife veterinary medicine, conservation, and issues related to One Health in Africa. She has worked with a variety of domestic and wild animals, and has a particular interest in endangered species conservation and infectious disease at the human/domestic animal/wildlife interface. She is the Founder & Director of Operations of the Silent Heroes Foundation, a charity devoted to wildlife conservation & one health in Africa.
She holds a Bachelor of Science in Zoology/Anthropology, and went on to receive her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine in 2001. She completed a clinical internship in small animal and emergency medicine, and worked briefly in small animal private practice, before returning to her alma mater to work on her PhD in the veterinary sciences. In 2007 she received her PhD from the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine’s Comparative Medicine Program, with a concentration in epidemiology and virology. Her PhD research focused on the molecular epidemiology and diagnosis of lentiviruses of free-ranging lions in southern Africa.
She is a board certified Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (specialties include environmental health, infectious & parasitic diseases, food safety, epidemiology & biostatistics, & public health administration & education) and the American College of Veterinary Microbiology (specialties include virology, bacteriology/mycology, & immunology). She serves as a board member for several charitable organizations focused on issues related to wildlife conservation & one health. In addition to her teaching responsibilities at the University of Florida, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.