One Health: Integrating the Veterinarian-Scientist into the Biomedical Research Enterprise

One Health: Integrating the Veterinarian-Scientist into the Biomedical Research Enterprise

One Health is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working together to attain optimal health for humans, animals and the environment. Veterinarian-scientists—biomedical scientists with a veterinary degree—are integral to application of One Health concepts to interdisciplinary research projects. Veterinary scientists, based on their training and knowledge of animal diseases and physiology, have made key research findings and have identified many animal models that inform pre-clinical studies. These scientists are trained to compare and evaluate different animal models of human disease and to provide a distinct perspective of use to multidisciplinary biomedical research teams. Because of their comparative approach and specialized training in laboratory animal medicine, pathology and zoonotic infections, veterinarian-scientists can be key players in an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to biomedical research, as exemplified by the concept of One Health.

Examples of current projects funded by the ORIP include:

Effects of Pest and Pet Animal Microbiota on Child Microbiota and Asthma: a One Health Study
K01OD19918-01A1
Meghan Davis, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University