Jump to Footer

Christa A.   Gallagher BSc, DVM, CCRP, MPH, DACVPM

Associate Professor of Public Health & Epidemiology


Dr. Gallagher graduated from RUSVM and began work in both large and small animal medicine practices. She opened an animal hospital in NC, and following an interest in vet medicine, became a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner (CCRP) and expanded her hospital to include a physical rehabilitation referral practice.

In 2006, she became involved with the NC State Veterinary Response Corps and developed a strong passion for public health. She completed a yearlong certification course; Community Preparedness and Disaster Management through the University of NC at Chapel Hill, School of Public Health.

After 15 years of private practice ownership she returned to RUSVM as an Assistant Professor of Small Animal Medicine. Dr. Gallagher earned a master of public health (MPH) through the University of Iowa in December 2013, and in June of 2013 attained diplomate status through the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM).

Dr. Gallagher currently teaches veterinary public health and epidemiology at RUSVM and is actively involved in research, primarily in primatology focusing on the island’s vervet monkeys.



BSc State University of New York at Albany

DVM Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

MPH University of Iowa


One Health, primatology focusing on infectious disease and the human-non-human primate interface, wildlife and conservation medicine, EcoHealth, and the ecology and epidemiology of zoonotic disease

Publication Highlights

Soto E, Arauz M, Gallagher C, Illanes O (2014) Nocardia cyriacigeorgica as the causative agent of mandibular osteomyelitis (lumpy jaw) in a cat, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation.

Current Projects

Prevalence of enteric diseases of vervet monkey populations on St. Kitts

GPS tracking of vervet monkeys to gain knowledge of their behaviors and ranges and to estimate their population on St. Kitts. This project also aims to determine the knowledge, attitude, and practices of people regarding the vervets at the human-non-human interface.


Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine
Certified, Community Preparedness and Disaster Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Public Health

Certified, Canine Physical Rehabilitation, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine