Dr. Kristi Henderson received her DVM from the University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine – Yay, Chief Illiniwek! After years in practice and serving as a federal Veterinary Medical Officer, she is currently an Assistant Director of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s Scientific Activities Division where her responsibilities include areas such as environmental, wildlife, biosecurity, and emergency/disaster issues. In addition, she provides technical and scientific expertise to the Committee on Environmental Issues (CEI) and the Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues (CDEI).
Dr. Henderson grew up on her family’s farm in central Illinois and was active in 4-H and FFA. Before becoming a veterinarian, she was an EMT and medical officer on her hometown’s fire department. She has been addicted to the outdoors for as long as she can remember and thinks that some of the best scents in the world include fresh cut alfalfa, approaching rain, camp fires, horses, and pumpkin pie. She and her husband, Brian, and their dog, Hazel, live near Sleepy Hollow, Illinois, the name of which fits her persona perfectly considering Halloween is her favorite holiday.