American Veterinary One Health Society

AVOHS President's Letter Request, SEE:

Target Audience—Global Organizations/Distinguished Leaders/Allied Healthcare Leaders/Environmental and other leading scientists /Universities and One Health Community leaders and individuals/organizations with strong interest in sustaining the ProMED operations.

Why and How to join, SEE:

After signing, please return to Dr. Craig N. Carter View bio, AVOHS Board member at for processing—thank you!


Signee Supporters to date (November 30, 2023):

One Health Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team [Contact - One Health Initiative]: Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP ▪ Bruce Kaplan, DVM ▪ Thomas P. Monath, MD ▪ *Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH ▪ Thomas M. Yuill, PhD ▪ Helena J. Chapman, MD, MPH, PhD ▪ Craig N. Carter, DVM, PhD ▪ Becky Barrentine, MBA ▪ Richard Seifman, JD, MBA   *Deceased November 6, 2020


Cheryl Stroud, DVM, PhDExecutive Director, One Health, Office Phone: +1984-500-8093, Direct Phon: +1-224-622-1839


Gregory C. Gray, MD, MPH, FIDSA

Robert E. Shope, MD, Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Departments of Internal Medicine (Infectious Diseases), Microbiology and Immunology, and Global Health & Emerging Diseases, University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), 301 University Boulevard, Route 0435, Galveston, Texas  77555-0435, Phone: (409) 772-0633, FAX: (409) 772-6527,, Email:


Dr Clifford Warwick , PGDip(MedSci) PhD CBiol CSci EurProBiol FRSB, Biologist & Medical Scientist, 71-75 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JQ, UK,

Comments by signee  “I wish to express my strong support for the comments of AVOHS in calling for the preservation of ProMED. Alertness towards - even potential - emerging infectious diseases is essential to understanding, preventing, and controlling epidemics and pandemics. There have been at least 19 major pandemics during the past 100 years involving catastrophic loss of human life, and many pandemics, such as COVID-19, were arguably largely avoidable were greater awareness of and action on one-health principles been properly implemented. The costs of maintaining initiatives such as ProMED are minuscule compared with the costs of failing to recognise the services that such initiatives can provide.”


Michael von Fricken, PhD, MPH, Director, University of Florida One Health Center of Excellence, Emerging Pathogens Institute, 2055 Mowry Rd, Gainesville, FL 32610,, Phone: 352-273-5245

Comments by signee  “I am writing to express my strong support for the continued funding of the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED), which plays a critical role in safeguarding public health on a global scale. Therefore, I urge you to consider the vital role that ProMED plays in global public health and to actively seek a long-term solution for its funding. In the spirit of One Health and our shared commitment to public health, it is critical that this program be maintained.”   


Tracey Goldstein, PhD, Director., One Health Institute, Colorado State University, Fort Collins CO 80523,, Phone: 970-491-1265


Christina Pettan-Brewer MV, DVM, MSc, OHPC, Associate Professor , Associate Director, Co-Leader and Founder President (One Health Brasil Latin America) since 2012, Department of Comparative Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle USA, One Health Brazil Latin America, Center for One Health Research (COHR) University of Washington, Seattle USA, One Health Latin America Ibero & Caribbean, One Health Brasil and ECOHA – Brazil, E-mail, Phone: 206 930 8412.

Comments by signee  Due to the continuous commitment of ProMED highly dedicated team members and regional/global  moderators monitoring disease data from around the globe, ProMED has been always the first to report important outbreaks and biothreats . These reports and scientific facts include comments and clarification by the ProMED by a highly professional public and global health perspective, which now includes ONE HEALTH.


 This unique program and initiative  represents essential information which is immediately shared and an example of One Health Action to preserve all lives of our planet and to protect against health threats worldwide.


 ProMed is very important to exist for Latin America public health and One Health.”  


 Ronald D. Warner, DVM, MPVM, PhD, Professor Emeritus (epidemiology), TTU School of Veterinary Medicine and TTUHSC School of Medicine, Family & Community Medicine
3601  4th Street, STOP 8143; Lubbock, Texas  79430-8143, T. 1-806-743-6058; F. 1-806-743-1292

Comments by signee   “on behalf of : Texas Tech University School of Veterinary Medicine (in Amarillo, TX), and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (in Lubbock, TX)” 


Larry Madoff, MD, FACP, FIDSA, Professor of Medicine, University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory, 305 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, Email:;, phone -  617-983-6803

Comments by signee  

Former Editor-in-Chief, ProMED, 2002-2021


Prof. Dr. med. Ulrich Laaser DTM&H, MPH, Past President ASPHER and WFPHA WFPHA Medalist 2023: Lifetime Achievement for Excellence in Global Health, Faculty of Health Sciences, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany E-mail:;

Comments by signee: My full support to this initiative, which in fact is urgently needed!


Professor Rohini R. Roopnarine BVSc, MPhil, EdD, MRCVS, Diplomate (Hon.) AVES/AVOHS, Course Director, Veterinary Public Health & Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, St. George’s University, True Blue, St. George’s, Grenada, WI,
Phone: +1 (473) 439-2000 ext. 3678 Email:

 Comments by signee: Pro-Med has been an excellent teaching tool to educate my veterinary students about key infectious diseases and their relevance and impact on public health. I hope this resource will not be lost.


David T S Hayman, BVM&S, MSc, DipECZM, PhD, MRCVS, Percival Carmine Chair in Epidemiology and Public Health, Professor of Infectious Disease Ecology, Director Infectious Disease Research Centre, Co-Director Molecular Epidemiology & Public Health Laboratory, Principal Investigator Te Pūnaha Matatini, School of Veterinary Science, Massey University, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand, +6469516047,


Curtis Hoffmann, Email:, Phone: (617) 714-7354


Laura Seckbach Finn, Director, Fly By Night, Inc., P.O. Box 562, Osteen, FL 32764-0562, phone: 407-414-2142,


Elle Law, MPH,; /

Comments by signee: ProMED is to public health as Barron’s or The Financial Times is to finance, or as the Associated Press is to news. It is a crucial tool in how we keep each other attuned to infectious diseases in an increasingly infectious world. Across people. Across animals. Across our environments. There is no other resource like it available.  It simultaneously informs and crowdsources across disciplines and professions. It is unique.

The first news of a mysterious respiratory disease in Wuhan, China came to many of us through ProMED. But it is not just the sharing of news or alerts from organizations. The crucial value of ProMED lies in the accompanying commentary from a diversity of expert moderators. Context is necessary: What is known? What is unknown?  When ProMED-mail is occasionally tagged by moderators with “Request for information” (asking subscribers to provide any known information), that is always cause for special attention.

 We know the next pandemic is currently in incubation. Do we stick our heads in the sand? Or do we fund what gives us eyes to see what is coming?


Prof C.M.E. McCrindle,, 27123462958 328 Hay Street, Brooklyn 0181 Pretoria, RSA.

Comments by signee  Have supported ProMed since it started. It is really useful for academics and protecting vets as it keeps us updated . I lectured at University of Pretoria. Also am in practice Donkerhoek Vet Consulting.



Atupere S. Phiri, BA, M.Sc, Medical Masters of Science in Global Health Delivery Student, Harvard Medical School Class of 2025, 107 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Box 200,Boston,MA., Email:, Phone: (+1) 617 518 0145|(+265) 881 589 946



Prof. Michele A. Miller, DVM, MS, MPH, PhD, Diplm. ECZM (ZHM) |SAVC-registered veterinarian, NRF South African Research Chair in Animal Tuberculosis, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics | SAMRC Centre for TB Research | DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research | Department of Biomedical Sciences | Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2019, 2nd Floor, Biomedical Research Institute, Francie Van Zijl Drive, Tygerberg, 7505, Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Medical Campus | South Africa, (+27) 073 812 9141 |

Comments by signee  Promed is an invaluable resource for researchers working in the fields of infectious diseases, One Health, and public and animal health. This is available for free throughout the world, and therefore, provides rapid dissemination of crucial information.


Margarida Simoes, RN, DVM, MSc, PhD, Assistant Professor,  &  +351 919823778 Av. 12 de Julho, 79, Gala; 3090-739 Figueira da Foz

Comments by signee:  Just about to graduate (C2021) from the EPIET/EUPHEM training Fellowship, working at the RIVM (Netherlands), I confess it is a daily working tool. I am both a nurse and a Veterinarian and PROMED makes my work (education, public health microbiology) much more accurate and up-to-date. Thank you for all that has been done!


Syahrul Tuba, M.Clin.Pharm., Faculty of Military Pharmacy, The Republic of Indonesia Defense University, +62 812 968 827 03 (WA), Indonesia


Reta Duguma Abdi, DVM, MSc, PhD, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Long Island University Post, 720 Northern Boulevard, Brookville, NY 11548, Email:

Off. Phone: 516-299-3673, Veterinary Sciences | Special Issue : Latest Research on Bacterial Pathogens and Antimicrobial Resistance in Livestock (


 Joseph Anejo Okopi, MBA, MSc, PhD, Title: Professor,  Email :, Phone: +2348061584647,  Address: Federal University of Health Sciences Otukpo, Benue State, Nigeria

 Comments by signee: I am in absolute support of Health funding and agenda and taking more seriously to avoid catastrophe costs of potential epidemic in the near future. 


Holley Muraco, PhD, Assistant Research Professor, Coastal ONE Health, Coastal Research and Extension Center, C: 707-301-5321


Jessica Smith Schwind, PhD MPH CPH, Director, Institute for Health Logistics & Analytics, Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Georgia Southern University,, PO Box 8110, Statesboro, GA. 30460 912-478-0302

Comments by signee:  I fully support the continuation of ProMed.

Chair, American Public Health Association One Health Section


Dr. Grigor V. Grigoryan«One Health» coalition, 59/32 Halabyan Street, Ajapnyak, 0036 Yerevan, Republic of Armenia, Telephone: +374 91 917 173,  E-mail:

Comments by signee: Hereby "One Health" coalition of NGOs would like to join and to support the request of the American Veterinary One Health Society.” 


 Prof. Dr. Eduardo Gotuzzo, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FESCMID, Emeritus Professor, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia,  Instituto de Medicina Tropical "Alexander von Humboldt", Central TELF: (+511),    3190015 anex 201357; Cel: 51-999-007 028 SKYPE: eduardo_gotuzzo   EMAIL:

Comments by signeeProfessor of Infectious and Tropical Diseases. We have always seen zoonoses as a global problem. I participated in 2009 in the WHO Expert Committee on Zoonoses, also in the yellow fever group.

During these last years I have dedicated myself to further promoting the concept of One Health in our institution due to their enormous impact on human medicine, and I worked as Director of the “Alexander von Humboldt” Institute of Tropical Medicine of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, we strengthened education and research plans with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and in particular I worked for years in human brucellosis.

It is now important to strengthen OHSAS in this role of promoting One Health, especially now that we must be prepared for future pandemics and to improve biomedical education

I worked at Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Microbial Threats – Institute of Medicine of The National Academies from 2001-2015


Sukanta Chowdhury, DVM, MS, PhD, Scientist & Team Lead, One Health Research Group, Infectious Diseases  Division icddr,b (, 68 Shaheed Tajuddin Ahmed Sarani | Mohakhali | Dhaka 1212  |  Bangladesh Phone: 01730076255  |  01843640299

Email:  |  |  icddr,b profile:, Google Scholar profile:

Comments by signee:  My pleasure is to connect with this great initiative


Paige Adams, DVM, PhD K-State Olathe, Teaching Associate Professor, 22201 W. Innovation Dr., Olathe, KS 66061, Office: (913)307-7367,, Zoom link:, Twitter: @PaigeAdams89,One Health Newsletter, Editor:


Debbie Stoewen DVM, MSW, RSW, PhD, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1


Rebecca Echols, DVM, MPH,, Logan, UT (USA), 435.753.7507


 Kelly H. Giesbrecht, DVM, MPH, Hon. Dipl. AVES, STATE PUBLIC HEALTH VETERINARIAN, Kentucky, Department for Public Health, Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, Rabies/Zoonosis Program, 275 East Main St. HS 2GW-C, Frankfort, KY 40621, Office: 502-564-6350, Cell: 502-682-4048, Department for Public Health - Cabinet for Health and Family Services (


Clifton McKee, PhD, Research Associate, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, email:, website:


Dr. S. Yasobant PhD MPH, Asst. Professor, Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar
Opp. Air Force Head Quarters, Nr. Lekawada, 382042 Gandhinagar, India,M: +91-9861357331 | E:


Esther C. Peters, Ph.D. ​|​| Professor, Faculty and Graduate Program, Director, Environmental Science & Policy, George Mason University, 4400 University Drive, MS 5F2, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444, Office: David King Hall, Room 3050, Phone: 703-993-3462, Fax: 703-993-1066, E-mail:, Web:

Comments by Signee:  As noted, the world needs this resource; urging all to develop funding that will continue the work that is crucial for human survival and the health of all organisms on earth.


National Academies of Practice (Nov17 2023), Patti Andrich, OTR/L, COVT, 2020 Vision Therapist of the Year - College of Optometrist in Vision Development, 10500 Royalton Road, Suite A, North Royalton, OH 44133,, 40-230-0923


François GARY, DVM, Managing partner,, + 33 6 87 81 95 40,  + 33 5 61 00 72 72, 9 All. Charles Cros 31770, Colomiers, France

Comments by Signee:  Rapid and transparent sharing of health information between sectors and countries is a fundamental element of efficient One Health approach. The importance of ProMED in the very early development of what became Covid-19 pandemic is undeniable. The increasing pressure of infection on all animal and human populations enphasizes the urge to prevent future pandemics and inform on ongoing monitoring of diseases around the world. ProMED is key in the information system and must be supported as a public good of global importance.


Wendy J. Rib, DVM, PhD, Faculty - School of Veterinary Technology, Baccalaureate Program, St. Petersburg College, P.O. Box 13489, St. Petersburg, FL  33733, (727) 302-6722


Kathleen F. Gensheimer, MD, MPH, FDA Medical Officer,  Email:; , Phone:  207 841 8556, PO Box 154 Phippsburg, Maine  04562

 Comments by signee:  We need ProMed…it is one of the most amazing sources of surveillance information available!


Professor James Wood, BVetMed, BSc, MSc, DipECVPH, PhD, DLSHTM, OBE, FRCVS,,+44 (0)1223 764666, University of Cambridge, Department of Veterinary Medicine, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ES, UK.


Thomas M. Yuill, Ph.D., FASTMH, (Hon) Diplomate AVOHS, Emeritus Professor (Pathobiological Sciences) and Director Emeritus (Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies) University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2237 E 400 N, Mapleton, UT 84664,, phone:  801-372-1967,

Comments by Signee: I am deeply concerned about the survivability of ProMED given its current circumstances.  ProMED has lost three of its most experienced moderators and editor as well as other moderators over the past 10 months. The financial situation appears to be uncertain. Clearly, ProMED and the unique service it provides needs support from all quarters.


Shimelis Dagnachew, PhD, Associate Professor Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences, University of Gondar (www:, P.O.Box:196,Gondar, Ethiopia, USDA-FEP Alumni 2017 at Michigan State University, USA
E-mail:,,, Mobile: + 251 921681563

Comments by Signee: It is my great pleasure and honored to send you the support letter from University of Gondar College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Sciences. I assure you that University of Gondar is highly committed  and to be a strong partnership for Global one health security agenda.


Kimberlee Beckmen, MS, DVM, PhD, Wildlife Health Veterinarian, Wildlife Health and Disease Surveillance Program, Division of Wildlife Conservation, Alaska Dept of Fish and Game, 1300 College Road, Fairbanks AK 99701


Prof. Wolfgang Preiser, Dr. med. Dr. med. habil. DTM&H MASSAf, Professor and Head: Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and National Health, Laboratory Service Tygerberg, +27 21 938 9353 |  | PO Box 241, Cape Town 8000, 8th floor, Faculty Building, Francie van Zijl Avenue, Tygerberg Campus, Cape Town | Kaapstad | South Africa | Suid-Afrika, | ORCID ID 0000-0002-0254-7910

Comments by Signee: ProMED is an indispensable tool in the anticipation for and struggle against emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.  It is professionally moderated and operates independently from political and commercial influences.  Its enormous value has been proven time and again for over two decades. It is high time to put it on a solid sustainable foundation.


Prof. Michele A. Miller DVM, MS, MPH, PhD, Diplm. ECZM (ZHM) |SAVC-registered veterinarian, NRF South African Research Chair in Animal Tuberculosis, Division of Molecular Biology and Human Genetics | SAMRC Centre for TB Research | DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence for Biomedical TB Research | Department of Biomedical Sciences | Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, 2019, 2nd Floor, Biomedical Research Institute, Francie Van Zijl Drive, Tygerberg, 7505, Stellenbosch University Tygerberg Medical Campus | South Africa, (+27) 073 812 9141 |, SUN Animal TB website|ORCID ID |

Comments by Signee: PROMED provides accurately timely information on disease outbreaks and emerging infectious diseases. This is crucial for ensuring that our research platform employs the latest knowledge to prioritize our limited research resources. Being in a LMIC, access to this information would otherwise be limited to paid platforms, which can become exclusive. As a veterinarian and One Health researcher, I depend on this valuable resource.


Michael J. Neault, DVM, South Carolina State Veterinarian and Director of Livestock Poultry Health, Clemson University, 500 Clemson Road, Columbia, SC 29229 (USA), O: (803) 788-2260, C: (803) 365-5590, E:,


Jantjie Taljaard MBChB, MMed(Intern), DTM&H, Ass. Professor and Head: Division of Infectious Diseases, Programme coordinator: PGDip Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine | Division of Infectious Diseases, Stellenbosch University | Tygerberg Hospital, Mail: | Office: +27 21 938 9645 | Cell: 083 419 1452, Room 3143 | 3rd floor, Clinical Building, PO Box 241 | Cape Town 8000 | South Africa

Comments by Signee:Promed is indispensable in the anticipation and preparation for emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Because it is professionally moderated and independent from political and commercial influences it is of enormous value. Promed has proven its value time and again for over two decades and in a time of climate change, increased migration and poverty it is high time to put it on a solid and sustainable foundation.”