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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

AAVMC Annual Conference is Catalyzing Event for One Health

Washington, D.C., March 5, 2014 – Hundreds of veterinarians, scientists and professors will gather in greater Washington D.C. to focus on One Health initiatives during the 2014 Annual Conference of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The conference–to be held March 14-16, 2014, at the Westin Alexandria Hotel in Alexandria, Virginia–is structured to help develop a common understanding and vision for One Health and will feature scores of presentations by government, NGO and academic leaders from around the world.


Topics range from controlling zoonotic infectious diseases (transmissible from animals to humans), protecting the global food supply, improving clinical care for people and animals, and strategies for developing academic programs in One Health. All presentations will focus on the benefits of working at the intersection of animal, human and environmental health to solve the complex problems of an interconnected world.


The One Health movement, which unites veterinarians, physicians, other scientific health and environmental professionals in a collaborative approach that recognizes the vast inter-relationships between human, animal and environment health, has been gathering momentum for almost a decade.


 “We live in the age of globalization, and One Health approaches to medicine and wellness are more important than ever before,” said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew Maccabe. “With its multi-species approach and broad spectrum of biomedical activity, veterinary medicine is uniquely qualified to lead in this area. We hope this meeting will be a catalyzing event in the evolution of this critical initiative.”


Keynote addresses will be provided Dr. Juan Lubroth, chief veterinary officer of the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in Rome, and the Honorable Catherine Woteki, undersecretary for Research, Education and Economics in the United States Department of Agriculture.


Dr. Juan Lubroth is the chief of the Animal Health Service and chief veterinary officer of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Dr Lubroth previously served for seven years as the senior officer of FAO’s Animal Health Service and head of the Infectious Diseases Group/Emergency Prevention System in charge of worldwide surveillance, capacity building, and progressive control of transboundary animal diseases.


The Honorable Catherine Woteki is undersecretary for the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, as well as the department's chief scientist. Her responsibilities include oversight of the four agencies that comprise REE, the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA), Economic Research Service (ERS), and National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

The Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) is a nonprofit membership organization working to protect and improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Its members include 35 veterinary medical colleges in the United States and Canada, nine departments of veterinary science, eight departments of comparative medicine, thirteen international colleges of veterinary medicine, and six affiliate colleges of veterinary medicine:


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Jeanne Johnson or Jeff Douglas

AAVMC Communications

Phone:  202/371-9195, x144