Tuskegee Veterinarians on the Frontline fighting Ebola

In March 2015, two Tuskegee University School of Veterinary Medicine alumni (Dr. Brianna Skinner and Dr. Temeri Wilder-Kofie) recently returned from a 60-day United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps deployment that supported the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) established to respond to the Ebola crisis in Liberia West Africa.  In addition to being Commissioned Corps Officers, they are highly skilled laboratory animal veterinarians and Diplomates in the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine with experience working with highly-pathogenic organisms in Animal Biosafety Level (ABSL) 2, 3, and 4 animal research facilities. Due to their unique professional skills, they were selected to serve as a part of a 66-member team of multidisciplinary officers assigned to the MMU in Harbel, Liberia.   The MMU is a 25-bed field hospital and Ebola treatment unit established in November 2014. It was designed to provide care to national and international healthcare workers in West Africa that (who?) may have contracted Ebola while caring for patients.  Both officers were able to apply their professional skills and experience to support administrative and preventive medicine activities at the MMU. Their dedication to public health exemplifies a noble service to this Nation and the citizens of West Africa in the global fight against Ebola.