The release of the new movie “Contagion” has raised concern regarding the threat of highly contagious diseases. While global epidemic scenarios are often dramatized in movies, public awareness of programs that address real public health issues is important. The “One Health” concept is a national effort that has emerged as a means of raising public awareness of biological threats and the links between human health, animal health, and the environment. "Contagion" was based on an actual outbreak of the Nipah virus in Malaysia. The Huffington Post recently interviewed Dean Lonnie King for a story about Nipah virus. Dean King was quoted discussing the One Health Initiative and the need for strong public health and animal health infrastructure. Full story here.
About the College of Veterinary Medicine at Ohio State
Founded in 1885, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine is ranked fifth in the nation and includes more than 1,000 faculty, staff and students in the Departments of Veterinary Biosciences, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, and Veterinary Preventive Medicine. The Veterinary Medical Center is one of the largest specialty referral centers in the world, with more than 35,000 farm, equine, and companion animal patients each year. A nationally-recognized ambulatory practice and teaching unit in Marysville, Ohio provides farm animal experience to every veterinary student, and the Food Animal Health Research Program in Wooster, OH focuses on detection, control, and prevention of disease. Located on the only campus in the country with a comprehensive medical center offering seven health sciences colleges, we admit up to 162 veterinary students per class, and offer a new comprehensive graduate program in Veterinary and Comparative Medicine as well as a unique Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, in partnership with the College of Public Health. http://vet.osu.edu.