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UC Davis to Host One Health Symposium

August 18, 2014

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UC Davis will host the inaugural One Health Symposium on August 24, 2014.

August 18, 2014 - The University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is set to host the inaugural One Health Symposium on August 24, 2014. Highlighting the wide clinical and research applications of One Health, the event will feature presentations from veterinarians and physicians on infectious disease, comparative medicine, international outreach, and more. The event is open to all, and continuing education credits will be available to professionals throughout human and veterinary medicine. Webinar access to the symposium is available for those unable to attend in person.

The concept of One Health addresses complex health problems on a platform that recognizes that the health of domestic animals, wildlife, and people are inextricably linked with each other and the environment. The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine works closely with the UC Davis School of Medicine on many initiatives that adhere to a One Health approach to medicine.

The symposium will address health issues currently affecting much of the globe, such as emerging infectious diseases, as well as common health concerns that affect both humans and animals, like diabetes and cancer.

“With the recent outbreaks of Ebola and other infectious diseases around the world, it is important that health care professionals gather at events like the One Health Symposium to share thought-provoking ideas that show interplay between all of Earth’s inhabitants,” said Dr. Karl Jandrey, director of the Center for Continuing Professional Education (CCPE). “UC Davis physicians, veterinarians, ecologists, biologists, and stakeholders will all be at this event to discuss and debate many important topics that impact us all. The symposium will be a great showcase of the strengths that we have in One Health at UC Davis in both the School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine.”

Outside of medical concerns, veterinarians’ contributions to One Health concerns go far beyond the realm of classification most would put them in, such as ensuring food and water safety.
“Food systems are common pathways for endemic and emerging zoonotic diseases,” said Dr. Bennie Osburn, director of outreach and training for UC Davis’ Western Institute for Food Safety and Security. “Many emerging diseases have their origin through food systems. Taking a One Health approach to the production, processing and transport of the food we eat, as well as our policy making activities, is key to reducing the annual worldwide impacts of illness and death derived from foodborne pathogens.”

Following the event, a social reception—sponsored by Drs. Michael Lairmore and Julie Freischlag, the Deans of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the School of Medicine, respectively—will allow for continued discussion and collaboration with the hope for UC Davis to have a global impact and continue to lead the field of One Health.  

The One Health Symposium is being presented by the CCPE and the Students for One Health Club, a group of veterinary students with a special interest in how animals impact people and the environment. Multiple levels of continuing education credits will be available for physicians, veterinarians, nurses, technicians, psychologists and physician assistants who attend the event. More information and registration for the symposium can be found at

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