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. Veterinarian-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