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New Zealand One Health Advocate to Receive “Office of the New Zealand Order of Merit” (ONZM) - Thursday, April 22, 2010

New Zealand One Health Advocate to Receive “Office of the New Zealand Order of Merit” (ONZM)

 

The Governor General of New Zealand will present the “Office of the New Zealand Order of Merit” (ONZM) award http://www.dpmc.govt.nz/honours/overview/nzom.html—the New Zealand version of the “Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” (OBE)—on Tuesday April 27, 2010, to veterinarian, Dr. James Daulby Edwards. For services to the veterinary profession and the community.”

 

A longstanding supporter and advocate of the One Health concept, Dr. Edwards represents the Minister of Agriculture on the Veterinary Council of New Zealand. He and his wife, Pam work with the health sector in the development and maintenance of online health resource databases.

 

Dr. Edwards recently participated in a seminar conducted by the New Zealand Medical Council which had asked the United Kingdom’s Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) to conduct an assessment of aspects of the Council's work.  During their visit to New Zealand, CHRE staff had offered to hold a Good Practice seminar and present on their office, their role, healthcare regulation in the UK and examples of good practice by the regulators overseen by the CHRE.  The CHRE was very interested in New Zealand regulatory practice and they followed their presentation with a roundtable discussion. 

 

According to Dr. Edwards, Harry Cayton, chief executive of the CHRE since August 2007, and Michael Andrews, who manages the CHRE Scrutiny and Quality Team, presented the UK approach to the seminar and emphasized the principles of good regulation.  They expressed that, “Regulators function on behalf of the public.  Excessive and restrictive regulation is not necessarily better.  ‘Right touch’ regulation is based on a proper evaluation of the risks.  Professionals need the framework within which to work.”

 

Dr. Jim Edwards is currently the managing director of World Veterinary Consultants, an international veterinary consultancy.  In addition, he is editor and contents manager of the website and newsletter of the World Veterinary Association http://www.worldvet.org/.  Dr. Edwards was the past President of the World Veterinary Association and the Federation of Asian Veterinary Associations.  He has received The World Veterinary Epidemiology Society James H. Steele Award and the New Zealand Veterinary Association Outstanding Service Award.

 

 

 

 


One Health Commission (USA) – A “One Health in ACTION” team concept - Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The One Health Commission (OHC) www.onehealthcommission.org is an incorporated, not-for-profit organization based in the United States with headquarters currently located in Washington, D.C. The OHC and the One Health Initiative website established website links on April 6, 2010. At that time, following discussions (beginning since the incorporation of the OHC), the two joined forces in a collaborative, mutually cooperative liaison. Both have the same goals, i.e. implementation and institutionalization of the One Health concept in the U.S. and worldwide as soon as feasible.

"The One Health Commission (OHC) is a call to action for collaboration and cooperation among health science professions, academic institutions, governmental agencies, non-governmental organizations, and industries towards improved assessment, treatment, and prevention of cross-species disease transmission and mutually prevalent, but non-transmitted [i.e. non-infectious diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, obesity, osteoarthritis, etc], human and animal diseases and medical conditions. A changing environment populated by interconnected animal and human contact creates significant challenges. These challenges require integrated solutions and call for collaborative leadership."

The OHC (USA) Board of Directors includes:
Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD; Chair, James Fox, DVM, MS, Vice Chair; Michael B. Cates, DVM, MPH; Susan Polan, PhD; Elizabeth Bishop; Wiley Souba, MD, BSc, MBA; John Fischer, DVM, PhD; and Roger K. Mahr, DVM, Chief Executive Officer.

These individuals represent respectively, the American Medical Association (AMA), Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC), American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Public Health Association (APHA), Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AVWA).

Now representing AMA as the Chair of the One Health Commission (USA) is physician, Dr. Albert J. Osbahr, III, Immediate Past President, North Carolina Medical Society, a longstanding One Health supporter/advocate and visionary leader:

http://wncsafetyschool.com/docs/2009_Speakers/Osbahr.PDF

Albert J. Osbahr, MD, resides in Hickory, North Carolina with his wife, Beth, and two sons, where he serves as the Medical Director at the Catawba Valley Medical Center, Occupational Health Services. In addition, he works as Corporate Medical Director at Blue Ridge Paper Corporation and as a Medical Consultant/Lab Director at the Haywood County Health Department.

Dr. Osbahr graduated from the UNC-CH Medical School with a primary specialty in Occupational Medicine and a secondary specialty in Family Medicine/Preventive Medicine. He has a long history of serving in organized medicine and currently holds a position as a member of the Council on Science and Public Health at the AMA in addition to his position on the Board at the NC Medical Society. He also serves on several committees at the NC Medical Society, such as the NC Industrial Commission Liaison Committee and the Family and Public Health Committee.

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Historical Perspective:
The One Health Initiative website autonomous, pro bono team believes that when the 21st century history of the One Health movement is written for the United States, the late President of the American Medical Association, physician Ronald M. Davis, MD shall be known as a modern day “One Health” visionary leader. Dr. Davis joined hands with the American Veterinary Medical Association in collaboration with AVMA past President, veterinarian Roger K. Mahr, DVM, current OHC/CEO and others in recognizing the huge, untapped wealth of public health and individual health care horizons possible by implementation of One Health principles—a centuries old idea (see http://veterinaryrecord.bvapublications.com/cgi/reprint/157/22/673; http://www.izs.it/vet_italiana/2007/43_1/5_19.pdf and http://www.amjmed.com/article/S0002-9343(07)01082-0/fulltext.


Dr. Davis shepherded the first of its kind “One Health resolution” through the American Medical Association and gained an historic adoption in support of the concept in June 2007. Three members of the current One Health Initiative team, Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, Thomas P. Monath, MD and Bruce Kaplan, DVM assisted in the drafting of this document—primarily by Dr. Kahn with careful and diligent guidance by Dr. Davis.


In a July 2, 2007 message, Dr. Davis wrote:

"I'm delighted that the AMA House of Delegates has approved a resolution calling for increased collaboration between the human and veterinary medical communities and I look forward to seeing a stronger partnership between physicians and veterinarians.  Emerging infectious diseases, with the threats of cross-species transmission and pandemics, represent one of many reasons why the human and veterinary medical professions must work more closely together.
 
Best wishes,
Ron"

Subsequently many other national and international organizations including the AVMA adopted similar One Health resolutions. A partial list of known organizational One Health supporters includes:


American Veterinary Medical Association
American Medical Association
Society for Tropical Veterinary Medicine
Croatian Society for Infectious Diseases
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
World Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
Delta Society
American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians
American Physiological Society
American Phytopathological Society
Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
Association of Schools of Public Health
American Society for Microbiology
National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
Association of Academic Health Centers
Association of American Medical Colleges
Immuno Valley Consortium in The Netherlands
Indian Veterinary Public Health Association
The Institute for Preventive Veterinary Medicine and Food Safety Lazio and Tuscany Regions Italy
Italian Society of Preventive Medicine
Corporation Red SPVet, Bogota, Colombia
National Environmental Health Association
State Environmental Health Directors
Veterinarians without Borders/ Vétérinaires sans Frontières – Canada
Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association
The Global Alliance for Rabies Control
American College of Veterinary Microbiologists
The Institute of Tropical Medicine, Department of Animal Health, Antwerp, Belgium
American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians
The SAPUVET III Project
Nigerian Biomedical and Life Scientists
New Zealand Centre for Conservation Medicine (NZCCM) – Auckland
American College of Veterinary Pathology
United States Animal Health Association
Exuberant Animal
One Health Commission (USA)
American Public Health Association
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies

To reiterate a pertinent quote in a 2009 professional journal article that was inspired by co-author Mary Echols, DVM, MPH:

“…no single person, no single health profession, no single organization, and no single nation or people invented
 or owns One Health.  It is an all inclusive, co-equal endeavor that belongs to all of humanity.  A caveat: while
 honest debate over efficacious process should be welcome, factionalism should not.”

See ‘One Health’ - the Rosetta stone for 21st century health and health providers
:http://www.izs.it/vet_italiana/2009/45_3/377.htm

Note: Dr. Echols is editor of the One Health Newsletter (USA), a quarterly online publication from the Florida Department of Health’s Division of Environmental Health (USA) http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/newsletter.php.

 

By BK/4/12/2010

 


Co-author/editor of Landmark One Health book named “Florida (USA) Outstanding Woman in Public Health” - Thursday, April 08, 2010

Co-author/editor of Landmark One Health book named “Florida (USA) Outstanding Woman in Public Health”

 

April 7, 2010 – University of South Florida, College of Public Health---The Dean of the college of public health, Donna J. Petersen, MHS, ScD presented Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH—a graduate of the USF college of public health—with the prestigious ‘Florida Outstanding Woman in Public Health’ award today in Tampa, Florida (USA).  Dr. Petersen also recognized Dr. Conti’s numerous contributions to the health and wellbeing of the citizens of Florida and nationwide.

 

Dr. Conti is the director of the Florida State Health Department’s Environmental Health division and on the editorial board of the One Health Newsletter.   Among many other achievements, she co-authored/edited a recently published and highly acclaimed One Health book with Peter Rabinowitz, MD, MPH of Yale medical school:

 

"For public health professionals, human health and veterinary clinicians in the United States this book will be a must-read. Furthermore, I should recommend this book for all libraries of medicine, veterinary and public health schools and research centres from all over the world. This book will bring together human and animal clinicians and provide practical guidelines towards a better understanding on human-animal interactions and their potential effects on the health and well being of humans and animals."

 

 

Book review    
Review of "Human-Animal Medicine - Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses and Other Shared Health Risks" by Peter M. Rabinowitz and Lisa A. Conti (eds.)
Filipe Dantas-Torres
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:20 (19 March 2010)

 [Abstract] -  PDF http://www.parasitesandvectors.com/content/3/1/20

 

“Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks”

 

http://www.amazon.com/Human-Animal-Medicine-Clinical-Approaches-Toxicants/dp/1416068376/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264519064&sr=1-1

 

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookbibliographicinfo.cws_home/720333/description

 


One Health Commission (USA) website links to One Health Initiative website - Tuesday, April 06, 2010

One Health Commission (USA) website links to One Health Initiative website

http://www.onehealthcommission.org/community-exchange.html and www.onehealthcommission.org

The autonomous, pro bono One Health Initiative website team of Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, Bruce Kaplan, DVM, Thomas P. Monath, MD, and Jack Woodall, PhD supports the One Health goals of the One Health Commission.

This One Health Initiative website is currently linked or has been linked with 48 known websites nationally and internationally.


The One Health Commission (USA) Board of Directors includes:

Albert J. Osbahr, III, MD, Chair

American Medical Association
515 North State Street
Chicago, IL 60654

James Fox, DVM, MS, Vice Chair

Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
1101 Vermont Avenue, N.W.
Suite 301
Washington, D.C. 20005

Michael B. Cates, DVM, MPH, Secretary-Treasurer

American Veterinary Medical Association
1931 North Meacham Road
Suite 100
Schaumburg, IL 60173

Susan Polan, PhD

American Public Health Association
800 I Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001-3710

Elizabeth Bishop

Association of Academic Health Centers
1400 16th Street, N.W.
Suite 720
Washington, DC 20036

Wiley Souba, MD, ScD, MBA

Association of American Medical Colleges
2450 N Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20037

John Fischer, DVM, PhD

Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
444 North Capitol Street, N.W.
Suite 725
Washington, DC 20001

EXECUTIVE STAFF:  

Roger K. Mahr, DVM, Chief Executive Officer - Phone: 630-222-8877 -  E-mail: rkmahr@onehealthcommission.org

Brenda Ridgnal, Administrative Assistant, 1055 Broadway, Suite 130,  Kansas City, MO 64105, Phone 816-627-3413, Email: bridgnal@onehealthcommission.org


United States Animal Health Association (Executive Committee) Approves Support of One Health Initiative - Wednesday, March 24, 2010

United States Animal Health Association (Executive Committee) Approves Support of One Health Initiative

 

The One Health Initiative website was notified today (March 24, 2010) that The Executive Committee of the United States Animal Health Association (USAHA) recently approved the organization to become an official supporter of the One Health Initiative.  We would appreciate being included in your list of supporters, as well as provide any of our organization’s expertise in animal health to the Initiative.  Attached is a formal letter designating our support [please see letter published of support on Publications page http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications.php]. 

 

Provided by:

 

Benjamin D. Richey

United States Animal Health Association

Executive Director

4221 Mitchell Ave.

St. Joseph, MO 64507

p: 816.671.1144

f: 816.671.1201

www.usaha.org 

 

Note: The autonomous pro bono One Health team of Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, Bruce Kaplan, DVM, Thomas P. Monath, MD and Jack Woodall, PhD (managers of the One Health Initiative website) are delighted to learn that the United States Animal Health Association (Executive Committee) has endorsed the One Health concept. 

 

USAHA, since 1897, has been and continues to be recognized as a premier “non-profit, member-driven, science-based organization devoted to prevention, control and eradication of animal disease in the United States.  USAHA has nearly 1200 members representing state and federal agencies, universities, industry and veterinary organizations and other groups with interest in animal health, disease control, animal welfare, food safety and public health.  USAHA serves as a clearinghouse for new information and methods that can be used in the development of laws, regulations, policy and programs.  Through deliberations of its annual meeting and 32 committees, USAHA works to develop solutions to animal health-related issues.”

 

USAHA has been added to the One Health Initiative’s website One Health Supporter lists.  Please see http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/supporters.php and http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/publications.php (scroll down).


Landmark ‘One Health’ book receives favorable review - Saturday, March 20, 2010

Landmark ‘One Health’ book receives favorable review

 

"For public health professionals, human health and veterinary clinicians in the United States this book will be a must-read. Furthermore, I should recommend this book for all libraries of medicine, veterinary and public health schools and research centres from all over the world. This book will bring together human and animal clinicians and provide practical guidelines towards a better understanding on human-animal interactions and their potential effects on the health and well being of humans and animals."

 

 

Book review    
Review of "Human-Animal Medicine - Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses and Other Shared Health Risks" by Peter M. Rabinowitz and Lisa A. Conti (eds.)
Filipe Dantas-Torres
Parasites & Vectors 2010, 3:20 (19 March 2010)

 [Abstract]

-  PDF http://www.parasitesandvectors.com/content/3/1/20

http://www.parasitesandvectors.com/content/3/1/20

 

“Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks”

 

http://www.amazon.com/Human-Animal-Medicine-Clinical-Approaches-Toxicants/dp/1416068376/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1264519064&sr=1-1

 

http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/bookbibliographicinfo.cws_home/720333/description

 

 

 


Favorable Book Review for Important Public Health Crisis Management Text - Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association - Friday, March 19, 2010

Favorable Book Review for Important Public Health Crisis Management Text:

 Book written by Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP

 This book review has been reprinted with the permission of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  It originally appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), 2010;236(5):642.   

Who's In Charge? Leadership during Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and Other Public Health Crises

Reviewed by Ronald D. Warner, DVM, MPVM, PhD

Many of us might wonder how we would manage the next public health crisis if it happened in our neighborhood and we were in a leadership position as an elected official or public health authority. Who's In Charge? Leadership during Epidemics, Bioterror Attacks, and Other Public Health Crises is a well researched and easily readable book that offers valuable insight into many leadership challenges that politicians, health authorities, and medical scientists faced when dealing with some large and widely publicized public health crises.

The author first describes and defines the role of leadership in both an elected representative and an appointee. The author then gives a concise and effective review of public health achievements and the histories of biowarfare and bioterrorism. After providing that background, the types and styles of leadership displayed during the 2001 anthrax letters crisis, 1993 water-borne Cryptosporidium outbreak, and 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic are examined. Leadership in other crises (1976–1977 swine flu, bovine spongiform encephalopathy and variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, foot-and-mouth disease, H5N1 avian influenza, and the current novel H1N1 influenza) is examined in light of scientific uncertainty at the time, zoonotic potential, relationships with the media, legal considerations, and the socioeconomic impact.

In addition to informative time-line descriptions, the author intersperses first-hand accounts from many of the principals (ie, the whys, hows, and lessons learned). All of these are thoroughly documented in the extensive source notes. These narrative accounts and the author's insights into public health leadership are highly recommended reading for all current and future public officials, comparative medical scientists, and anyone interested in crisis management. This text is a valuable contribution.—By Laura H. Kahn.  pages. ABC CLIO, 130 Cremona Dr, Santa Barbara, CA 93116. ISBN 978-0-275-99485-3. 2009. Price $49.95.


Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (USA) March 12, 2010 - Infectious Disease Movement in a Borderless World. Workshop Summary - Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies (USA): Infectious Disease Movement in a Borderless World. Workshop Summary

Released:

March 12, 2010

Type:

Workshop Summary

Topics:

Diseases, Global Health, Public Health

Activity:

Forum on Microbial Threats

Board:

Board on Global Health

 

http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Infectious-Disease-Movement-in-a-Borderless-World-Workshop-Summary.aspx


Vermont (USA) Pediatrician Provides Model for Advancing One Health Principles - Saturday, March 13, 2010

Vermont (USA) Pediatrician Provides Model for Advancing One Health Principles

 

On March 8, 2010 an e-mail message to Dean Joan Hendricks, prominent One Health supporter/advocate at the University of Pennsylvania school of veterinary medicine in Philadelpia, Pennsylvania (USA) from John Trumper, MD, a longstanding valued One Health supporter in the state of Vermont modestly advised Dr. Hendricks of his remarkable One Health activities this past year.

 

Dr. Trumper told Dr. Hendricks:

 

“It's been a year since you helped us launch our One Health Initiative up here, and I promised then to give you some follow up.

 

We have been concentrating on communicating at the practitioner level of physicians and [veterinarians].  At the state society level, there was a brief One Health Initiative (OHI) presentation at the State Medical Society meeting last fall. I attended the State Veterinary Society meeting, and we now include a veterinarian presenter at the Academy of Pediatrics spring meeting and [veterinarians] are invited to all our membership meetings.


To help at the local community level, we formed a joint committee that meets every 2 months or so and has developed a power point presentation on OHI that [veterinarians] can use at local hospital presentations to physicians. There have been just two talks by [veterinarians] at local hospitals so far, with two more scheduled in April.  Subjects have included: "Animal Bites from the Perpetrators Point of View", "People, Pets, & Parasites," and The Raw Milk Sale Debate. We have a request for a speaker on The Ididerad, and on pet obesity and childhood obesity; a connection?


The local veterinarians are invited to all these local hospital presentations and so far attendance by both groups has been gratifying. So, we have a long way to go, but our modest plans of starting at the local level, thanks to your help, are underway.”

Note: The One Health team of Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, Bruce Kaplan, DVM, Thomas P. Monath, MD and Jack Woodall, PhD strongly endorses Dr. Trumper’s model activities and hope that other visionary physicians nationally and internationally will consider following suit.

 

The following News items were initially published on this One Health Initiative website in June and July of 2009:

 

 

Vermont (USA) Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Resolution Endorses One Health - Saturday, July 18, 2009

Vermont (USA) Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics Resolution Endorses One Health

 

July 2, 2009 – Provided to One Health Initiative website by:

                                        John Trumper, MD

                                        P.O. Box 7, Brattleboro

                                        Vermont 05302

 Passed July 1, 2009 - RESOLVED:     That the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics continue its programs, already begun, of furthering communication with Veterinarians by endorsing the efforts of the One Health Initiative, which operates globally and nationally, and by working locally with Veterinarians to share presentations of interest to both professions at meetings, websites, and by encouraging individual contact.


 

Vermont (USA) Pediatrician Describes Activist One Health Collaborative Educational Efforts - June 26, 2009 - Friday, July 17, 2009

Vermont (USA) Pediatrician Describes Activist One Health Collaborative Educational Efforts

 

June 26, 2009

 

John Trumper, MD, a retired Vermont pediatrician, updated the One Health Initiative website regarding physician efforts to expand and utilize One Health principles by educating fellow practicing physicians and veterinarians statewide.  This hopefully represents a significant and efficacious blueprint [in brief] to help guide others in the U.S. and abroad.

 

“The joint meeting and visit (please see News item to follow) from Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD (Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine) was simply an inauguration of our Vermont efforts to alert practicing physicians in the state to the One Health concept, of which the Veterinarians are already well aware. We have begun with the pediatricians, as we believe that our specialty has the most in common with veterinarians
     Taking seriously your statements about the priority for the development of the OHI concept among practicing primary care physicians and veterinarians, we have a committee from both disciplines working on presentations by veterinarians at community hospital medical staff meetings and Continuing Medical Education sessions. This seems to be the most effective way to reach the silent majority of busy practitioners who don't attend state and national meetings. Our goal is to have local veterinarians do these talks to encourage future relationships between our disciplines at the community level. Our thinking is that offering an outline and/or power-point to the presenter would encourage more DVMs and/or VMDs to do it.
     I attended the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association meeting last week (the lone physician there).  I found it to be very interesting & informative and hope that we can include subjects of mutual interest in future state meetings of both groups. The annual meeting of the Vermont Medical Society in October will also include a short introduction of the One Health concept by a local veterinarian.
     So these are the steps we've taken and are planning; all aimed at our practitioners.”

John Trumper, MD, P.O. Box 7, Brattleboro, Vermont 05302

Footnote: Dr. Trumper has continued numerous activist participations in worthwhile causes related to health care including the One Health movement.

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Vermont Physicians and Veterinarians Talk ‘One Health’ while attending Joint Spring Meeting

 

The Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Vermont Chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians invited Vermont Veterinary Medical Association members to attend their joint spring meeting in Rutland, VT on April 30, 2009. 

 

Joan Hendricks, VMD, PhD, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s school of veterinary medicine was invited to give the keynote presentation on the One Health Initiative from the veterinary medical perspective. In addition, Dr. Hendricks had been invited to present her description of the One Health concept at Pediatric Grand Rounds to students, residents, and staff at the University of Vermont medical school the day before.  Drs. Hendricks, Charles D. Newton, DVM, MS and Arthur Rubenstein, MBBCh (MD) recently published a comprehensive article in the Veterinaria Italiana One Health monograph entitled ‘One Medicine-One Health’ at the School of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania – the first 125 years http://www.izs.it/vet_italiana/2009/45_1/183.htm.

 

The University of Pennsylvania’s school of veterinary medicine was started 125 years ago by the physician faculty of their medical school. In 1807 Benjamin Rush, MD postulated that "By extending our knowledge of the causes of the diseases of domestic animals, we may add greatly to the certainty and usefulness of the profession of medicine, as far as it relates to the human species".  From 1884 until the 1960's, students at Penn studying human and animal medicine took the basic science courses (e.g., physiology, pathology, microbiology, etc.) together…further evidence that One Health really does have a long and rich history at Penn.

 

Dr Hendricks discussed One Health in the context of how the veterinary and human medical professionals collaborate in biomedical research, food safety, environmental health issues, and emergency medical response for the benefit of both human and animal health.  The Human-Animal Bond phenomenon was mentioned using companion animals (pets) and horses in therapy, learning, and helping "at risk" humans at every level.  The use of household pets as sentinels for domestic abuse and prognostication of that possibility in the future was discussed.

 

A bright future was painted for One Health: developing closer "in the trenches" communication between local physicians/veterinarians/nurses and other health care personnel; increasing numbers of physicians, veterinarians and nurses adding a PhD to their resume;  encouraging state boards to recognize continuing education credits when licensees attend courses advanced by either medical or veterinary medical organizations.

 

Joann M. Lindenmayer, DVM, MPH, an associate professor in the Department of Environmental and Population Health at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and a prominent One Health supporter, presented a short synopsis of Tufts innovative programs involving human and animal medicine. Tufts veterinary medical program was founded 30 years ago on "One Health" principles promoted by University President Jean Mayer, a human nutritionist. Early on, Tufts veterinary medical students attended pre-clinical classes side-by-side with Tufts medical students. Dr. Lindenmayer joined Dr. Hendricks for an informative question, answer and comment session.

 

Provided by:

 

J. Clyde Johnson, VMD, Past President,

American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)

313 N. Shore Rd.

Spofford, NH  03462-3907

 


The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provides link to One Health Initiative website - Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provides link to One Health Initiative website: 

http://cstsp.aaas.org/content.html?contentid=22


 
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