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Yvette Johnson-Walker

Farm Animal

    D.V.M., University of Illinois
    M.S., University of Illinois
    Ph.D., Michigan State University
Dr. Yvette Johnson-Walker is originally from Chicago, Ill. She received her veterinary degree from the University of Illinois in 1989. She also received a master’s degree from the University of Illinois for a US Agency for International Development funded project on dairy production in the Kenya Highlands. She received her PhD from Michigan State University in analytical epidemiology in 1998. Her research project focused on Johne’s disease in dairy cattle. Before joining the faculty at Illinois, she was on the faculty of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine from 1998 to 2004.

On the Urbana campus, Dr. Johnson-Walker served as poultry species veterinarian for the Agricultural Animal Care and Use Program from 2004 to 2011. She currently serves as a member of the campus’s Infectious Disease Working Group, which makes policy recommendations about infectious disease events that affect the campus community.

Her current research projects include: health and welfare impacts of different housing systems on laying hens and use of aged laying hens as biomedical models of ovarian cancer and uterine fibroids in women. She has led a series of education and training projects funded by the USDA targeting emergency preparedness for the nation’s zoos and aquariums and is a collaborator with the Center for One Health Illinois.

Dr. Johnson-Walker is married and has three children, a dog, and a cat. She enjoys foreign travel, reading, and fine dining.

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