Lisa F. Shubitz, DVM, is at the Valley Fever Center for Excellence in Tucson.
Dr. Lisa Shubitz graduated from Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 1991.
She practiced full time for 18 months in general small animal practice in Prescott, Arizona, before returning to biomedical research at the University of Arizona. Dr. Shubitz continued to practice veterinary medicine part-time in Tucson.
In 1996, she became involved with Valley Fever research, specifically vaccine development, which fortuitously overlapped with her clinical interests in companion animals as dogs and cats suffer from the disease with a range of symptoms and outcomes similar to humans.
She is dually affiliated with the Department of Veterinary Science and Microbiology at the University of Arizona and the Valley Fever Center for Excellence, which is a joint effort of the U of A and the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.
Dr. Shubitz spearheaded a 3-year study into the epidemiology of Valley Fever in dogs in Tucson and Phoenix.
Her goals regarding Valley Fever include seeing a vaccine become available to prevent this illness, stimulating increased interest and clinical research into all aspects of Valley Fever in animals, understanding the immunology of the disease, and improving treatment in animals.