LSU SVM Professors Contribute to AAVMC Case Studies

LSU School of Veterinary Medicine professors, David Baker, DVM, MS, PhD, DACLAM, professor of laboratory animal medicine in the department of Pathobiological Sciences, and Joseph Taboada, DVM, DACVIM, associate dean for veterinary education and student affairs, along with Susanne Straif-Bourgeois, PhD, MPH, MS, and Julio Figueroa, MD, contributed a case study entitled "When Nature Strikes! An Unusual Infection in a Child from New Orleans, LA" to the Association of American Veterinary Medicine Colleges (AAVMC). Michelle Osborn, PhD, assistant professor of Comparative Biomedical Sciences, and Elizabeth Uhl, DVM, PhD, DACVP, associate professor with the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine contributed the case study entitled, "The Pathomechanics of Degenerative Joint Disease: A One Health Comparative Case Study Approach." Dr. Uhl joined the faculty of the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 2016 but worked on her case study while a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Georgia. 

Representing the vanguard of a collaborative new One Health approach to health education, the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges is making One Health case studies available on its website at for use by instructors in a variety of health professions.


The curriculum is the product of a partnership formed in 2015 with the Association for Prevention, Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Health People Curriculum Task Force (HPCTF). The groups collaborated on the One Health Inter-professional Education Initiative, a program designed to provide pedagogical support for introducing One Health concepts into the degree programs of students in the health professions.


The case studies available in the on-line educational module represent the work of researchers in veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health and other health professions on topics that range from lead poisoning to emerging diseases such as Chikungunyavirus.


One Health is broadly viewed as the collaborative effort of multiple disciplines – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, animals and our environment. The One Health initiative focuses attention on the importance of the connections between human health, animal health, and ecosystem health.


"This is one of our most promising initiatives in the area of One Health," said AAVMC Executive Director Dr. Andrew T. Maccabe. "What's unique about this program is it unites different health professions on a common platform to begin educating new generations of health professionals about the One Health approach."


The Working Group sought and evaluated 34 different proposals for new, previously unpublished case studies. The proposals for case studies were reviewed by the AAVMC/APTR Working Group and 15 proposals were selected for further development.


The lead author of each published case study has been designated a "One Health Scholar" by the AAVMC. The One Health Scholars will make presentations on their case studies during the AAVMC’s 2016 Annual Conference, Fifty and Forward, March 2-6 in Washington D.C.


“We are delighted to see the One Health Case Studies being released,” said APTR Executive Director Allison L. Lewis. “This collaboration between the APTR Healthy People Curriculum Task Force (HPCTF) and the AAVMC is just the start of an initiative to integrate One Health concepts into the degree programs of health professions students. Our continued work bringing One Health into the APTR Clinical Prevention and Population Health Curriculum Framework will assure that health professions educators teach the important connections between human, animal, and environmental health.”


Emerging infectious disease threats, as well as growing awareness about the dangers of antimicrobial resistance and the positive benefits of human-animal interactions are bringing One Health concepts to the attention of many educators in the health professions.


"We're very excited about launching this program, and I'm very grateful to the members of the working group for all they've done to make this program a success," said Maccabe.


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 around the world by advancing academic veterinary medicine. Members include 49 accredited veterinary medical colleges in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.


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