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Recognizing the Connection Between Environmental, Human & Animal Health Challenges: ACVIM and Diplomates Celebrate “One Health Day”

DENVER (October 31, 2016)The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) and its Diplomates will join forces with other veterinary and human health providers – and many other health specialists in related disciplines across the world – to recognize the first annual global “One Health Day,” on Thursday, November 3.

Co-coordinated by three leading international One Health groups, the One Health Commission, the One Initiative Autonomous pro bono Team, and the One Health Platform Foundation, the mission of “One Health Day” is to promote the collaboration – in both research and applied sciences – between human and veterinary medical health providers, social scientists, dentists, nurses, agriculturists and food producers, wildlife and environmental health specialists, and many other related disciplines.

ACVIM Diplomates, who are veterinary specialists in internal medicine, have long been involved with the One Health movement and have actively taken steps to provide education about the importance of the veterinary field’s scientific research and approach toward solving critical global environmental and health challenges.

At the 2016 ACVIM Forum, an annual continuing education meeting where scientists and veterinarians attend presentations given by leaders in the field of veterinary internal medicine, several Diplomates highlighted the benefits of the One Health approach and how efforts made by veterinary specialists impact global issues, such as climate change, disaster management, biosecurity, and more.

Amara Estrada, DVM, DACVIM (Cardiology) and Associate Professor at the University of Florida discussed the significance of encouraging veterinary students to embrace collaborating with and learning from students within different fields of healthcare studies during her presentation, “Interprofessional Education and One Health Initiatives: What is the Difference and Why Should We Recognize This?”

“As a professor of many pre-clinical veterinary students, I introduce them to the One Health ideology, and strive to make sure they know their scientific contributions are not only important to the veterinary community, but to the entire healthcare profession, human or animal,” said Dr. Estrada.

Angela Frimberger, VMD, MANZCVS, DACVIM (Oncology) and Director at Veterinary Oncology Consultants in Wauchope, Australia, spoke about how climate change, a global environmental issue, is affecting wildlife and the field of veterinary medicine.

“Veterinarians are charged with the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, and the promotion of public health,” said Dr. Frimberger. “Climate change, an important topic in relation to One Health, is as much, if not more, of a threat to animals as to humans; therefore, I feel duty-bound to act on and educate others in my role as a veterinarian.”

One Health is accepted by international health organizations such as the World Health Organization, the World Medical Association, the World Veterinary Association, the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, the World Organization for Animal Health, and many others.

Individuals and groups internationally will be celebrating the first annual “One Health Day” Thursday, November 3, 2016 with special events, seminars and other activities. To learn more about “One Health Day” and the One Health initiative, visit www.onehealthday.org.

About the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM)
The American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of animals and people through education, training and certification of specialists in veterinary internal medicine, discovery and dissemination of new medical knowledge, and increasing public awareness of advances in veterinary medical care. ACVIM is the certifying organization for veterinary specialists in cardiology, large animal internal medicine, neurology, oncology and small animal internal medicine.

ACVIM hosts the ACVIM Forum, an annual continuing education meeting where cutting-edge information, technology and research abstracts are showcased for the veterinary community. More than 3,300 veterinary specialists, veterinarians, technicians and students typically attend.

ACVIM is also a collaborator with the American College of Veterinary Surgeons on a recently launched website www.VetSpecialists.com, to provide a unique resource to animal owners about veterinary specialty medicine.

To find out more about ACVIM specialists and the 2017 ACVIM Forum, please visit www.ACVIMForum.org.

About the One Health Commission
The One Health Commission is a globally focused 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting improved health of people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants and the environment. Committed to creating unifying interactions and opportunities between animal health, human health and planetary health, it is a gateway for the active exchange of One Health-related knowledge, sharing of resources and collaborative projects that reach beyond disciplinary boundaries. Working to train the next generation of One Health leaders, the Commission seeks to ‘Connect’ One Health Advocates, to ‘Create’ networks and teams that work together across disciplines to ‘Educate’ about One Health and One Health issues. It does this by leading and facilitating active One Health education initiatives around the world. It is the parent organization for the One Health Education Task Force.

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