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“One Health” Session Schedule Announced for North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), in Orlando, Florida (USA) Monday, January 17, 2011 - Saturday, July 10, 2010

“One Health” Session Schedule Announced for North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC), in Orlando, Florida (USA) Monday, January 17,  2011

It was recently announced that The North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) would present a new session in 2011 which focuses on the important and timely topic of One Health. The One Health initiative is a movement dedicated to improving the health of all species- both human and animal- through the collaborative integration of human health care, veterinary medicine and other scientific health disciplines. This initiative encompasses a diverse collaboration of health care professionals working at multiple levels of government, research institutions of higher learning (e.g. medical, veterinary medical and public health schools), and in private practicing physicians and veterinarians offices (clinics and hospitals), all striving to improve human, environmental, and animal health. 

Discussions by the speaker participants at this session are expected to discuss the important work being done by health care professionals at the global, national, state, county, and local levels.  It will concentrate on activities by physicians and veterinarians in North America who work in private practice(s), caring for patients and companion animals, respectively, in local communities.

Noted speakers and topics to be presented will include:

Donald F. Smith, DVM, DACVS

Professor of Surgery and Austin O. Hooey Dean, Emeritus

Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y.  14853 (USA)


Title: Our Veterinary Legacy: One Health


Paul P. Calle, VMD, Dipl. ACZM

Director, Zoological Health, Global Health Program, Wildlife Conservation Society

185th St. and 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10460 (USA)


Title: One World One Health – A Field Veterinary Perspective

Kirsten Gilardi, DVM, Dipl. ACZM
Assistant Director, Marine Programs
Wildlife Health Center
One Shields Avenue
University of California
Davis, California 95616

Title: One Health In Action: Preventing the Spread of Disease from people to Animals.  (Dr. Gilardi’s talk will focus on the USAID PREDICT project.)

Florina S. Tseng, DVM
Assistant Professor
Director, Wildlife Clinic
Department of Environmental and Population Health
Wildlife Medicine,

Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

200 Westboro Road, North Grafton, MA 01536

Title: One Health: A Unique Approach for Human and Animal Health Monitoring.

Kate Hodgson, DVM, MHSc, CCMEP

Medical Education Consultant

Office of Continuing Education and Professional Development

Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto’

1 Kings College Circle
Toronto, ON M5S1A8, Canada

Title: One Health- Evidence of the Health Benefits of Companion Animals to Human Health.

Dr. Hodgson will look at the importance of integrating companion animal health and disease to human health with an emphasis on how this affects the private practicing veterinarian and the family physician.

Note: NAVC is primarily geared for presenting educational materials for private practice veterinarians.  A One Health booth was graciously provided by the NAVC at the 2009 conference.  The booth was serviced pro bono by representatives from the Florida State Department of Health, the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine and the One Health Initiative website team.

For more information, please contact Dr. Hayley Murphy:

Hayley Murphy, DVM

Director of Veterinary Services

Zoo Atlanta

800 Cherokee Ave., SE

Atlanta, GA 30315

(P) 404-624-5801

(F) 404-624-5959

Veterinary Advisor: Baboon and Gorilla SSP

Notice on Vacancies on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods - United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS), Washington, D.C. 20250 - July 8, 2010 - Thursday, July 08, 2010

United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA-FSIS)

Washington, D.C.  20250        

July 8, 2010

Subject:   Notice on Vacancies on the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods     

We are working to recruit new members for the National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods (NACMCF).  The Committee provides scientific advice and recommendations to the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of Health and Human Services concerning the development of microbiological criteria by which the safety and wholesomeness of food can be assessed. 

We are seeking members with scientific expertise in the fields of epidemiology, food technology, microbiology (food, clinical, and predictive), toxicology, chemistry, risk assessment, infectious disease, biostatistics, and other related sciences. Please see the attached Federal Register Notice for additional details on this Committee and how to apply.

 Please share this notice with others who may have an interest.    If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. .

Thank you,

Gerri M. Ransom
Director, Executive Secretariat
National Advisory Committee on Microbiological Criteria for Foods
USDA-FSIS, Office of Public Health Science
Room 354 Aerospace (Mail Drop Room 333)

Phone: 202-690-6600
Fax: 202-690-6364

Karen Thomas-Sharp

Advisory Committee Specialist


Room 333, Aerospace Center

1400 Independence Ave., SW

Washington, DC  20250-3700

Phone:  202-690-6620

Fax:    202-690-6634


“One Health in Action” - Veterinarian Earns Professor Promotion at School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas (USA) - Wednesday, July 07, 2010

“One Health in Action” - Veterinarian Earns Professor Promotion at School of Medicine in Lubbock, Texas (USA)


Ronald D. Warner, DVM, MPVM, PhD and a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM) with a specialty in epidemiology was promoted to Professor at Texas Tech University's School of Medicine (TTUHSC) - Lubbock, TX (USA), effective February 26, 2010.  Dr. Warner has been on the TTUHSC Department of Family and Community Medicine faculty since August of 1994, following his U.S. Air Force career.  His primary responsibilities will continue to be: teaching medical and graduate students, as well as medical residents; epidemiology research; and directing the Texas Tech Physicians' Travel Medicine Clinic.


Dr. Warner has been and is a noted One Health supporter and advocate.

Establishment of ‘Laboratory of Comparative & Veterinary Virology’ at new Centre for Virus Research at University of Glasgow, Scotland (UK) - Monday, July 05, 2010

Wellcome Trust & Wolfson Foundation Funds Establishment of ‘Laboratory of Comparative & Veterinary Virology’ at new Centre for Virus Research at University of Glasgow, Scotland (UK)



Prof. Massimo Palmarini, DVM, PhD, Director of the Medical Research Centre, University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research notified the One Health Initiative website team today (July 5, 2010)—please see letter posted on Publications page—that Wellcome Trust & Wolfson Foundation has provided funds, £4.8 million, for the establishment of a ‘Laboratory of Comparative & Veterinary Virology’ within the new Centre for Virus Research at University of Glasgow, Scotland (UK). 


Dr. Palmarini is a longtime One Health supporter and has collaborated with members of the One Health Initiative website for nearly four years.  The One Health Initiative team was honored to provide a letter of support that was included in the application for this grant.  Dr. Palmarini will assume directorship of the Centre on August 1, 2010. 


The One Health Initiative team congratulates Dr. Palmarini and his associates and extends our best wishes for success!



One Health Submissions Welcomed for Posting... - Sunday, July 04, 2010

NOTICE (July 5, 2010):

 The One Health Initiative Website Welcomes …

 Worldwide One Health Submissions for Posting on:

·                         One Health News page

·                         Publications page

·                         Upcoming Events page

Comments and suggestions also appreciated...

 Please send to c/o Contents Manager

Bottom line of One Health Implementation:

Untold millions of lives will be protected and/or saved in our generation and those to come!

Praecipio International Team Endorses One Health - June 30, 2010 - Thursday, July 01, 2010

Praecipio International Team Endorses One Health

 In a June 30, 2010 message to the One Health Initiative website team, *physician director and co-founder of Praecipio International      and, James M. Wilson V, MD endorsed One Health and wrote:


One Health has the full support of our team at Praecipio and an open offer to its entire community for access to The Praedico social network (it's free).  The Praedico is where we share analytic insight and experience, share live event information, and (most importantly) get to know each other socially as an online community of interest.  It's free with no commercial interests.  We stood it up to enable deeper conversation to occur among those not necessarily comfortable with attribution.  It was created two days ago, the result of many social experiments using other social networking platforms such as Google groups and LinkedIn.  We have found Ning to work simply enough and encourage everyone in One Health to join.”  

 “Praecipio International is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to providing information on disruption caused by infectious disease events in order to promote well-informed social and economic decisions.  Praecipio International works to enhance and improve international public health and security against biological threats by stimulating collaboration within and offering education to the international, multi-disciplinary humanitarian community.  Praecipio International created the first comprehensive, operational infectious disease forecasting and early warning center in the world, the Haiti Epidemic Advisory System (HEAS).  Praecipio's team members provided warning of unusual respiratory disease in Mexico in April 2009 to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, which was later recognized to be the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.”

 Please see *Dr. Wilson’s biography at

Brazilian Virologist Responsible for the Isolation of Dengue fever (“breakbone fever”) Virus Dies - Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Brazilian Virologist Responsible for the Isolation of Dengue fever (“breakbone fever”) Virus Dies


Dr. Hermann Gonçalves Schatzmayr (1936 – June 21, 2010), was a Brazilian veterinarian, virologist and researcher of Austrian descent. He was 75 and was the head of the Department of Virology at the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC / Fiocruz) in Rio de Janeiro for 30 years.  Dr. Schatzmayr was also the president of the institution from 1990-1992 and one of the most important virologists in Brazil.  He was responsible for the isolation of dengue virus types 1, 2 and 3 in Brazil and participated in the eradication of polio and smallpox there. He was also a member of international committees of the World Health Organization (WHO) and belonged to the WHO group that monitors and evaluates research projects in progress with live smallpox virus. 


Provided by:


John (Jack) Woodall, MA, PhD, Director (retd.)
Nucleus for the Investigation of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Institute of Medical Biochemistry

Center for Health Sciences

Federal University

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

U. S. Food and Drug Administration says Antibiotics in Animals Need Limits - Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Antibiotics in Animals Need Limits, F.D.A. [U.S. Food and Drug Administration] Says

Published: June 28, 2010

Also see WebMD:

One Health Book Reviewed Favorably in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) -USA - Friday, June 25, 2010

One Health Book Reviewed Favorably in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) -USA


*This book review has been reprinted with the permission of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  It originally appeared in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVA), 2010;236:1304-1305 [].  To quote from this review, please Reference the JAVMA citation.  To obtain permission to reproduce this review, please contact


This landmark One Health book was co-edited/written by a prominent physician and veterinarian, Drs. Peter M. Rabinowitz of Yale Medical School and Lisa A. Conti, DVM, MPH, director of the Florida Department of Health’s environmental health division, respectively.  It was a co-equal, collaborative production.


Rabinowitz and Conti assembled a representative group of outstanding scientific health leaders from the fields of medicine and veterinary medicine in this first of its kind endeavor.  The book demonstrates the critical need for co-equal interdisciplinary collaborative communications and research in the 21st century considering the exponential emergence of zoonotic disease threats and risks worldwide, not to mention the many mutually concerning clinical health care problems of humans and animals, e.g. cancer, obesity, orthopedics, cardiovascular, metabolic and others.


Note: The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is one of the leading health organizations supporting the national and international One Health movement in conjunction with the American Medical Association (AMA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (USDA-APHIS), the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), American Public Health Association (APHA), and many others.


*Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks

Reviewed by Katie Portacci, DVM, MPH, DACVPM

Oftentimes, the wide breadth of literature available on zoonotic diseases can be difficult to obtain in a clinical setting, yet veterinarians are looked on as a primary source of information for zoonotic diseases. Human-Animal Medicine: Clinical Approaches to Zoonoses, Toxicants and Other Shared Health Risks serves as a consolidated resource for a number of zoonotic and other disease risks that may be shared between humans and other animals. The book highlights the role of veterinarians in the detection of diseases that may have an impact on human, wildlife, or pet health. It also serves as a reminder that veterinarians should be aware of the diseases that are reportable and how to report to local, state, or federal authorities.

Although not a quick reference source for specific disease treatments, this book provides small animal practitioners with key talking points to improve client communication regarding shared disease risks. The legal and ethical obligations veterinarians must consider when communicating with clients or other health professionals are clearly emphasized. Guidance is also provided on standard practices to minimize zoonotic disease risks to animal health workers.

Overall, this book provides an overview on a wide range of clinical topics frequently encountered by veterinary, human, and public health professionals. It is reasonably priced and could be a useful reference for veterinarians in small animal practice to improve communication regarding shared human and animal health risks or for veterinarians and veterinary students actively engaged in public health.—By Peter M. Rabinowitz & Lisa A. Conti. 412 pages; illustrated. Wiley-Blackwell, 2121 State Ave, Ames, IA 50014. ISBN 978-1-4160-6837-2. 2010. Price $99.95.

20th Century Public Health Leader and unheralded early One Health Practitioner Dies - Wednesday, June 23, 2010

20th Century Public Health Leader and unheralded early One Health Practitioner Dies


June 23, 2010


The One Health Initiative website recently became aware of the death of Oscar Sussman, DVM, MPH, JD on March 25, 2010.  He was 92 years old.


In an obituary published online, Dr. Sussman was noted for his “colorful career in public health with the state of New Jersey.  He believed in the public’s right to know and the government’s role to protect the public.  An award for service described him a having “a rare combination of unusual traits.”  He was also described as controversial, forceful, learned, articulate and a champion of the underdog. He was an early advocate of preventive health care. [those of us who knew him recognized and appreciated the validity of these words in a positive sense] In 1962, he went to Egypt on a Fulbright professorship.  In 1966, he was a World Health Organization (WHO) consultant to Brazil.  He retired in 1978, as Director of Consumer Health Services for NJ. …”

Dr. Sussman was a masterful inspiring model in his use of collaborative interdisciplinary “One Health” principles (formerly referred to as “One Medicine”).  He successfully collaborated with numerous outstanding historic public health and research figures including Richard Shope, MD of ‘Shope papilloma virus fame’, James H. Steele, DVM, MPH, the founder of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) veterinary public health division, and Martin Goldfield, MD, the former director of laboratories for the New Jersey State Department of Health.   Drs. Goldfield and Sussman did landmark research on the epidemiology of arboviruses (e.g., eastern and western encephalitis) in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s).  Dr. Sussman participated in many other public health issues of the era 


Notably, Dr. Sussman and his family were close personal friends with Calvin Schwabe, DVM, ScD, the public health expert and parasitologist who championed and coined the term “one medicine”   Dr. Schwabe was a member of the faculty of the University of California, Davis, Ca School of Veterinary Medicine and also was one of eight founding faculty of the School of Medicine (USA). The Calvin Schwabe One Health Project is a significant part of the UC Davis One Health Institute


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