Dr. Aysha Akhtar is double board-certified in both neurology and preventive medicine and has a master’s degree in public health. She is the deputy director of the army’s traumatic brain injury program. Previously, she worked for the Office of Counterterrorism and Emerging Threats of the FDA. She is a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, in which she deploys to assist with national public health emergencies. She is also a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics and is a consultant editor for The Journal of Animal Ethics. She is the author of Animals and Public Health and Our Symphony with Animals, (May 2019, Pegasus Books). She lives in Maryland and you can follow her on Twitter: @DrAyshaAkhtar.