You cannot have good public health unless you have good animal health. And you can’t have good animal health unless you have good public health

- James H. Steele, DVM, MPH: One Health Wonders, JAVMA Vol. 232, No 12, News, June 15 2008 -  Dr. Steele founded the Veterinary Public Health Division of CDC in 1947.

Also see A perspective … some significant Historic Inspirations for advancing the One Medicine/One Health concept & movement – 19th, 20th and 21st Centuries 


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) One Health Office is  participating in National Pet Week this year from May 2-8, 2021. Keeping pets and other animals healthy is an essential part of a One Health approach to public health: healthy pets can lead to healthier people! To celebrate, CDC’s One Health Office will be promoting messaging around healthy pet habits, pet preparedness, and considerations for keeping pets and people healthy as we spend more time at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Significant CDC’s resources:

Healthy Pets, Healthy People

Provided by:

Laura (Smith) Murrell, MA, Communication Lead, One Health Office, Health Communication Specialist, Health Communication Science Office, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


The CDC’s One Health Office is currently under the extraordinary Direction of Casey Barton Behravesh, MS, DVM, Dr.PH, DACVPM and Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH is the outstanding new CDC Director.