The purpose of the conference was to discuss how human, animal and environmental health are really One Health and that we are all inter-related. One Health encourages collaboration across all the disciplines. For example the Ebola outbreak not only needed the World Health Organization but it was critical to include local health agencies, animal health professionals, governments, social workers, risk management, mathematicians, researchers, communications, and environmental experts, etc. We must be willing and comfortable to share information and expertise. We must learn how to network outside our own specialty.
Donna was thrilled to speak to the students about Zachary's Paws For Healing and how we used the One Health method to organize. ZPFH also proves that there is a place for animals in health care and that pets serve a valuable healing purpose.
We applaud University of Saskatchewan and the Western College of Vet Medicine for working tirelessly on the One Health initiative. Thank you, also, to Dean Douglas Freeman, WCVM; Dr. Vikram Misra, professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) who specializes in virology and molecular biology; Dr. Elizabeth Mumford, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland; Stacy Holzbauer, Centers Disease Control; Dr. David Rizman, Professor, Epidemiology, , University of Toronto; William Hueston, Retired Professor, Center for Animal Health and Food Safety, University of Minnesota; L David Dube, Concorde Group Corp and Dr. Nicole DeFraeye, Zoetis.
Here are a few pictures from my weekend compliments of Western College of Vet Medicine.