Educational Background

Leah D is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. She received a B.A. in Political Science in 2010 and a Master of Public Health with a specialization in Veterinary Public Health in 2014. During her graduate career, Leah conducted research on the ability of large scale household-level survey data to predict disease risk in developing countries. She also worked on a project that considered the transmission dynamics of raccoon rabies variant virus in northeastern Ohio and wrote her thesis on the potential economic impacts that raccoon rabies variant could have in the state.


Leah won the KaiserEDU Public Policy Essay Contest in the graduate category in 2011 with an essay about the role of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act.

Interest in Animal Welfare

Leah has had a life-long interest in animals that was honed during her employment at an animal shelter during 2011-2013. She also volunteers and fosters homeless pets for animal shelters. Her passion for animal issues has led her to read extensively in the field, including research publications and books concerning animal welfare issues.

Previous Blogs

Leah wrote a blog while she fostered a momma cat and her five kittens. Check it out at Estee The Foster Cat!

Biographical Sketch

Leah recently relocated to Wisconsin with her husband, two cats and two dogs. She is really not looking forward to winter.


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