Melinda Hergert, DVM, MPhil, MVPH, PhD

Melinda Hergert's Credentials

MPhil Wildlife Management, University of Pretoria, RSA

Master’s of Veterinary Public Health, Texas A&M University

PhD, Ondersteport School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pretoria, RSA

Doctof of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University

Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University

About Melinda Hergert

Dr. Melinda Hergert is originally from the Clear Lake area of Houston, Texas. She graduated from Texas A&M CVM in 1992. She has practiced mixed animal, small animal, wildlife and emergency medicine. In 2006 she earned a Master’s in Wildlife Management from the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

Shortly after completing this degree she earned her Masters of Science in Veterinary Public Health from Texas A&M University, which she put to use in the Texas Meat Safety Assurance Unit as a circuit supervisor from 2007 to 2009.

She then moved to South Africa to earn a PhD studying canine rabies at Onderstepoort Veterinary School in the University of Pretoria system.

In 2012 she returned to Texas as the Regional Zoonosis Veterinarian for the Department of State Health Services in Health Service Region 4/5 north and then Region 7 before joining the Texas Animal Health Commission as a Field Epidemiologist in 2019.

Though Dr. Hergert has worked with many species of animals, her favorite is the dog, as they truly are man’s best friend.

My Dog

I have two dog hearts. I frequently ask my husband if he thinks I love Nike more than I loved Foster, my first dog. He clearly answers me, no. They are such different animals and have supported me equally at different times in my life. No need to go into details, because if anyone has ever had a really close relationship with an animal, they already understand.

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