“One Health” Session Schedule Announced for North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), in Orlando, Florida (USA) Monday, January 17,  2011 It was recently announced that The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) would present a new session in 2011 which focuses on the important and timely topic of One Health. The One Health initiative is a movement dedicated to improving the health of all species- both human and animal- through the collaborative integration of human health care, veterinary medicine and other scientific health disciplines. This initiative encompasses a diverse collaboration of health care professionals working at multiple levels of government, research institutions of higher learning (e.g. medical, veterinary medical and public health schools), and in private practicing physicians and veterinarians offices (clinics and hospitals), all striving to improve human, environmental, and animal health.  Discussions by the speaker participants at this session are expected to discuss the important work being done by health care professionals at the global, national, state, county, and local levels.  It will concentrate on activities by physicians and veterinarians in North America who work in private practice(s), caring for patients and companion animals, respectively, in local communities. Noted speakers and topics to be presented will include: Donald F. Smith, DVM, DACVS Professor of Surgery and Austin O. Hooey Dean, Emeritus Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.  14853 (USA)   Title: Our Veterinary Legacy: One Health   Paul P. Calle, VMD, Dipl. ACZM Director, Zoological Health, Global Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society 185th St. and 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460 (USA)   Title: One World One Health – A Field Veterinary Perspective Kirsten Gilardi, DVM, Dipl. ACZMAssistant Director, Marine ProgramsWildlife Health CenterOne Shields AvenueUniversity of CaliforniaDavis, California 95616 Title: One Health In Action: Preventing the Spread of Disease from people to Animals.  (Dr. Gilardi’s talk will focus on the USAID PREDICT project.) Florina S. Tseng, DVMAssistant ProfessorDirector, Wildlife ClinicDepartment of Environmental and Population HealthWildlife Medicine, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University 200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536 Title: One Health: A Unique Approach for Human and Animal Health Monitoring. Kate Hodgson, DVM, MHSc, CCMEP Medical Education Consultant Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto’ 1 Kings College CircleToronto, ON M5S1A8, Canada Title: One Health- Evidence of the Health Benefits of Companion Animals to Human Health. Dr. Hodgson will look at the importance of integrating companion animal health and disease to human health with an emphasis on how this affects the private practicing veterinarian and the family physician. Note: NAVC is primarily geared for presenting educational materials for private practice veterinarians.  A One Health booth was graciously provided by the NAVC at the 2009 conference.  The booth was serviced pro bono by representatives from the Florida State Department of Health, the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the One Health Initiative website team. For more information, please contact Dr. Hayley Murphy: Hayley Murphy, DVM Director of Veterinary Services Zoo Atlanta 800 Cherokee Ave., SE Atlanta, GA 30315 (P) 404-624-5801 (F) 404-624-5959 Veterinary Advisor: Baboon and Gorilla SSP