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Joanne Maki, MS, DVM, PhD

Dr. Joanne Maki serves as the technical director in the Global Veterinary Public Health group at Merial Ltd. She is part of a global network of scientists, veterinarians, medical professionals, and wildlife biologists who are supporting a global effort to eliminate the neglected disease of human rabies transmitted by dogs. She interfaces with and facilitates collaboration between non-profit groups, government agencies, and public health professionals to implement effective veterinary rabies prevention programs.

In 1990, Dr. Maki was hired by Rhone Merieux, Inc. as a project lead scientist to license the first recombinant oral rabies vaccine for wildlife in the US and an non-adjuvanted recombinant canarypox feline rabies vaccine. She was hired by Merial Ltd., in 2003, as a US business manager and transitioned to a global technical position in veterinary public health in 2005. Although her career began in the laboratory her passion is the prevention of rabies in animals and children through responsible pet ownership, vaccination and education.

Dr. Maki received her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Louisiana State University in 1983 and subsequently pursued additional training in comparative and experimental medicine at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville leading to a Master’s degree in 1991. She served as a principal investigator on an NIH grant at the University of Georgia, Athens from 1996 to 2002 developing a model to study mucosal immunity, which led to her Ph.D. degree.  

She resides near Athens, Georgia on a few acres currently shared with four laying hens, a few cows, four dogs, four cats, and a flock of Gulf Coast Sheep, which provide plenty of wool for spinning and knitting.