WSAVA Committee Launches One Health Campaign

The One Health Committee unveiled a three-year project during a meeting at Duke University Medical Center.

Gathering at Duke University are, from left, WSAVA Past President Jolle Kirpensteijn and One Health Committee members Mike Lappin, Carol Rubin, Michael Day, Will Eward, Gregg Takashima, Ed Breitschwerdt and Colin Burrows.

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Medical professionals and the public will learn more about pets and the key role they play in One Health—the concept that links the health of people, animals and the environment—under a three-year project announced by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association.

The organization’s One Health Committee unveiled its second three-year project this week during a two-day meeting at Duke Medical Center in Durham, N.C.

“One of three focus areas for the One Health Committee is comparative and translational clinical research,” said committee chairman Michael Day, BVMS, Ph.D., Dipl. ECVP, a professor at the University of Bristol in England. “Holding this meeting at one of the major global human health centers was a major step forward in engaging with the human medical community, which remains one of the greatest One Health challenges.

“We need to take every opportunity to promote the benefits to human medicine of investigating shared spontaneously arising diseases in dogs,” he added.   

The meeting included a lecture by Dr. Day titled “Cats, Dogs and Humans: One Medicine, One Health,” a tour of Duke’s comparative oncology research laboratories, and discussions with representatives of the North Carolina One Health Collaborative and the U.S. One Health Commission.

The One Health Committee in September will deliver a full-day program on rabies control in Africa at the World Small Animal Veterinary Association World Congress in Cape Town, South Africa.

The committee’s work has seven industry sponsors: Bayer Animal Health, Elanco Animal Health, Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Merial Ltd., Merck Animal Health, Nestle Purina PetCare Co. and Zoetis Inc.

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