The One Health Initiative at University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine (Penn Vet) - USA


Throughout the world, hunger, poverty, and infectious disease threaten the world’s overall health and well-being. Without action, these issues will spiral out of control and have irreversible effects. The One Health Initiative has shown a clear commitment to this necessary action in its promise to enhance the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Step by step, the One Health Initiative makes progress toward bettering public health, furthering research, educating the global population, and saving millions of lives.


In order to make a significant impact, the most effective long-term solutions will need to be a team effort, in which professionals from several fields combine their expertise to bring about change. So who are these key players? Policy makers, agriculturists, business leaders, city planners, biomedical health scientist researchers, physicians and veterinarians. That’s right—veterinarians.


What many people do not realize is that veterinarians play a critical role in advancing the world’s nutrition, health, and overall well-being.  Without them, efforts to eliminate infectious diseases, to reduce poverty and hunger, and to ascertain that our meat and dairy products are of good quality, would be futile. Veterinarians are the key link to developing and sustaining long-lasting solutions to some of the world’s most impairing problems. The One Health Initiative’s success would be significantly hindered without its partnership with veterinarians.


Penn Vet, a leading force in the veterinary medical field, has already accomplished an immense amount to further the goals of the One Health Initiative. Not only does it strive to bring animals optimal health, Penn Vet works to better the health of humans throughout the world. ...”


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Submitted Exclusively to One Health Initiative website June 13, 2013 by:

Joan C. Hendricks, VMD, PhD
The Gilbert S. Kahn Dean of Veterinary Medicine
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
110 Rosenthal Building
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6044
215 898-8841
215 573-8837



Ashley Berke
Director of Communication
University of Pennsylvania
School of Veterinary Medicine
3800 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104


Note: Dr. Hendricks is a prominent, recognized One Health leader and significant One Health Supporter/Advocate