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Educational Session V

Sunday, March 16, 2014, 8:00–11:05 a.m.

8:00–8:45 a.m. Pan-American Session

Francisco Suárez-Güemes, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM)

Organization of the Veterinary Profession on the American Continent
Luis Zarco-Quintero, Pan-American Association Veterinary Sciences (PANVET)

Teaching Experiences Related with Animal Welfare and the One Health Concept
Juan Taylor-Preciado, University of Guadalajara
Pan-American Association of Veterinary Medicine Colleges

Responsibilities of Veterinarians in Public Services within the One Health Concept
Marcelo Sergio Miguez, University of Buenos Aires

The Inclusion of the One Heath and Animal Welfare Concepts in Food Animals
Rafael Gianella Mondadori, National Commission for the Education of Veterinary Medicine, Brazil Federal University of Pelotas 

8:45–9:30 a.m. International One Health Challenges – The Hidden Complexities
Valerie Ragan, Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine

Although interest in utilizing a One Health approach is growing, implementation internationally is often exceptionally challenging due to differences in culture, values, and resource availability, as well as political sensitivities and infrastructure issues.  This discussion will articulate the value of international One Health experiential education for veterinary students, yet identify ways to ensure students have an understanding of the complexities of relationships in international one health efforts, which are the basis for knowing insertion points that can lead to successful actions.  Challenges that veterinary students have faced internationally in trying to address One Health, especially those that they did not expect to encounter, will be discussed. Recognizing challenges to One Health implementation internationally, ways to increase student understanding of the potential impacts of and solutions to those challenges, and how to enhance student involvement and success in international One Health projects will also be discussed.

9:30–9:45 a.m. The preVet-DVM Program for Chinese Students in the U.S.—One World One Health in Action
Jishu Shi, Kansas State University

Although China has made significant progress in animal production and companion animal care in the last few decades, improvement in veterinary services is needed to meet the needs of the animal health community in China.  To advance veterinary education and practice standards in China, the U.S.-China Center for Animal Health (USCCAH) at Kansas State University (KSU) has established and coordinated a preVet-DVM program that will train 50 Chinese students in the next 10 years through AVMA-accredited DVM programs in the U.S.  Upon receiving their DVM degrees, these Chinese students will return to China to serve the animal health community.  This program is an international partnership of various public and private entities including the International Veterinary Collaboration for China (IVCC), the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA), nine Chinese universities, six U.S. universities, and the China Scholarship Council (CSC).

Since 2012, this program has selected qualified students from partner universities in China each year and enrolled them in pre-veterinary courses at KSU for one year.  All of these students have earned a Bachelor’s degree in veterinary or animal science in China before being admitted to the additional year of undergraduate work at KSU. The students then apply to DVM programs at KSU or other partnering U.S. universities including the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University, University of California Davis, University of Missouri, and Oklahoma State University.  Although the costs for the one-year undergraduate study at KSU are supported by grants and donations from the animal health industry, tuition and living expenses for these students during the four-year DVM curriculum is fully supported by the CSC. After obtaining the DVM degree, these students will return to China and enter a segment of the veterinary profession that best enhances veterinary services and veterinary education in China.  In most cases, they are expected to return to the universities from which they graduated as undergraduates.  

We believe that these next-generation, American-trained Chinese veterinarians will not only enhance veterinary education and the quality of veterinary care for companion and food animals in China, but will also promote One Health initiatives and improve public health and food safety in China.  This program is also a unique opportunity for the future leaders of animal health in the U.S. and China to become friends and colleagues today. 

9:45–10:05 a.m. Break

10:05–10:20 a.m. One Health and Higher Education Institutions
Sylvia Wanzala, Makerere University
David Muwanguzi, Makerere University
Elsa Murhandarwati, Universitas Gadjah Mada

One Health is an approach that higher education Institutions are slowly beginning to embrace. The traditional compartmentalization of disciplines have created silos and duplication of effort as well as multiplication of resources. With the exploding number of emerging and re-emerging diseases occurring at the human-animal interface, working across disciplines and containing diseases at their source would be more cost effective than letting them enter the human population. This session will look at how the One Health approach has been successfully initiated in Higher Education Institutions in both Asia and East Africa and the reasons why such programs strongly need funding support.

10:20–11:05 a.m. One Health In Action: From the Field to the Classroom
Patricia Conrad, University of California, Davis
Kirsten Gilardi, University of California, Davis
Carolina Vicario, University of California, Davis
Woutrina Miller, University of California, Davis

Learn about three exciting examples of One Health in action lead by University of California, Davis faculty and students and see how they provide the experiential content for interactive case simulations that are used in our DVM professional, graduate and undergraduate education programs. The Gorilla Doctors Program ( is dedicated to providing hands-on medical care to sick and injured mountain gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. PREDICT ( is a USAID-funded consortium program focused on wildlife surveillance to identify hotspots for emerging diseases of pandemic potential to guide surveillance and help countries develop disease control and prevention strategies. Our Nicaragua project is a student-lead, community engagement project designed to foster a One Health approach to international outreach by establishing an evidence-based, interdisciplinary community health project and research platform in Sabana Grande, Nicaragua ( These projects and others have been used to develop interactive case studies in the online International Virtual Medical School (IVIMEDS) platform that brings One Health to life for students in our veterinary curriculum, multi-campus graduate seminar and hybrid undergraduate course.
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