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Dr. Aysha Akhtar

Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the Food and Drug Administration

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H., is a neurologist and public health specialist who is on a mission to demonstrate how protecting animals provides a mutual benefit to both humans and the animals themselves. She is the author of the book, Animals and Public Health. Why Treating Animals Better is Critical to Human Welfare, which examines how the treatment of animals impacts human health. Dr. Akhtar is a Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics, works for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and serves as LCDR in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. She is also a regular blogger for the Huffington Post. Find out more by visiting her website, (The opinions expressed are solely those of Dr. Akhtar.)