A second good reason to attend the … “One Health” Session Scheduled for the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), in Orlando, Florida (USA) Monday, January 17, 2011 www.navc.com Remember the first good reason to attend was described about and by Dr. Paul P. Calle. It was posted on August 13, 2011 (scroll down). Here is a second outstanding featured speaker, an activist wildlife veterinarian: Kirsten Gilardi, DVM, DACZM Assistant Director, UC Davis Wildlife Health Center School of Veterinary Medicine University of California, Davis, CA (USA)One Shields Avenue Davis, CA 95616-8739 E-mail: email@example.com Dr. Gilardi says she has directed her veterinary career towards One Health efforts, “whether that be providing clinical care to wildlife species endangered due to human-related activities, researching the health status of wildlife species as indicators of the health of their ecosystems, directing the One Health-focused Envirovet Summer Institute, or now administering the Mountain Gorilla One Health Program. As a wildlife veterinarian, a One Health framework for my endeavors is the most effective and only meaningful approach.” Dr. Gilardi said, “it is highly rewarding on a professional and personal level.” Speech topic: “One Health in ACTION” - DETECTING WILDLIFE ZOONOSES TO PREVENT HUMAN PANDEMICS Dr. Gilardi describes her excellent and illuminating One Health message: “The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program (EPT) is a recently launched international effort to detect emerging wildlife zoonoses in time to prevent human pandemics. The EPT is an excellent example of One Health in Action; in particular, its PREDICT project http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/ohi/predict/index.cfm, is administered by the UC Davis Wildlife Health Center in partnership with Wildlife Conservation Society, Wildlife Trust, Global Viral Forecasting, Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution. It is working on the ground on the One Health frontline, conducting wildlife zoonoses and emerging disease surveillance in more than two dozen countries at high-risk wildlife-human interfaces such as bushmeat hunting and wildlife ecotourism.” In coming months, the One Health Initiative website will feature other topics to be discussed by individual speakers in the NAVC scheduled Orlando, Florida (USA) One Health session. Private practicing veterinarians, physicians and other health scientists in the U.S., Canada and worldwide are urged to consider attending. These issues are expected to impact each of you as the One Health movement continues to exponentially expand globally.