Dr. Mittel is a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University and is a senior extension associate at the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. Before her position at the College of Veterinary Medicine, she was an equine practitioner for over 25 years throughout the U.S. She owned and operated her own practice in New York and Connecticut after spending close to 10 years as resident veterinarians on large breeding farms in Kentucky, New York, Texas, and Arkansas. She has special interests in infectious diseases and biosecurity. Upon her move to academia, she worked in those areas researching tick-borne diseases, parasitology, and equine coronaviruses. She also oversees the New York state Contagious Equine Metritis (“CEM”) facility at Cornell and provided veterinary care, biosecurity, and diagnostic testing for the quarantine horses at the center. In addition to her research, she consults with veterinarians, teaches diagnostic medicine, and is active in many equine organizations. She chaired the American Association of Equine Practitioners (“AAEP”) infectious disease committee, participated as a member of the task force for the development of the Equine Disease Communication Center (“EDCC”), and represented the AHC in USDA stakeholder meetings. She actively participates in many other equine related organizations.
As part of the team from Cornell that has been working with the ARK, Dr. Mittel has developed the biosecurity plans, standard operating procedures, and provided technical expertise in these areas. She has worked diligently to implement the highest possible biosecurity standards for The ARK’s Equine Import and Export Center. Her years of experience as a seasoned equine practitioner supports her efforts to provide excellent care, introduce the highest standards of biosecurity, and understand the welfare concerns for the arriving and departing animals from the ARK.
Although Dr. Mittel’s primary area of concentration at The ARK is the Equine Import and Export Center, she also assisted The ARK Pet Oasis in developing its biosecurity plans, training staff members, and providing veterinary oversight to the Pet Oasis facility. Also, she established the avian quarantine facility, the biosecurity plans, and the husbandry and care associated with this discipline of The ARK.
“The ARK is the epitome of animal air transportation of horses, dogs, birds, and other exotics in the US. It has been an outstanding experience working in this area to help develop the guidelines and care for our air-traveling animals the ARK. Our society values their pets or as part of their families and demand the best care for them when being flown as they should”. I have learned a lot about air travel, and I am happy to be a part of the ARK.” quoted Dr. Mittel.