June 16, 2017

A D.C. One Health Epidemic

By Kerri Haider

This week we had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Dr. Bernadette Dunham from George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health. Dr. Dunham has worked in the FDA CVM promoting One Health and she was even an Assistant Director at the AVMA GRD! We met Dr. Dunham at the Milken Institute of Public Health’s new building in the heart of the University. It was a breath of fresh air talking with Dr. Dunham about our profession and the great advancements we have been making in the One Health realm. We discussed an amazing collaboration between human and animal doctors at Colorado State University where doctors looked at the similarities between human pediatric bone cancer and osteosarcomas in dogs. The collaboration was a great success and a huge positive for the One Health movement. Leaving Dr. Dunham’s office left me feeling excited for my future and for the future of veterinary and human medicine. There are great resources online available to all – including the Global One Health Proceedings, the Spillover documentary, the 15 One Health Studies from the AAVMC and much more. Dr. Dunham had a great appreciation for the importance of sharing knowledge and I hope more veterinarians and students will continue to share and grow our profession!
Another Great event that we attended was the Science Breakthrough of 2030 at the National Academy of Sciences. We networked with the board members and others from the scientific community on the proposed projects for agricultural research and development. It was an honor to be a part of such an important event and be exposed to so many talented scientists. We met veterinarians who are passionate about changing the stigmas within the profession and creating more awareness of the importance of veterinarians being involved in food security. After the event I felt inspired to spread the word to other veterinary students about the amazing career options in agriculture and food security and I plan on making a network for students to be apart of such affairs.
On that note, the last two weeks have been AMAZING and I cant wait to see what the next two weeks have in store! Until next time, keep sharing the knowledge!