Dr. Lonnie King receives Global One Health Award

Dr. Lonnie King, dean and Ruth Stanton Chair in Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the Global One Health Award by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) at their World Congress in Auckland, New Zealand. This award is presented annually to an individual or organization that has promoted the global One Health concept, which studies the links between animal health, human health and environmental health.

"We are in an era of unprecedented change," said Dr. King. "Population growth, food safety and security, human and animal health concerns, and a host of other global forces are changing the needs of society with respect to veterinary medicine. The Ohio State University is poised to serve societal needs as the only major university with seven health science colleges on a single campus."

The One Health Initiative is a national effort that explores efforts to address the links between animal health, human health, and our environment. Currently, at the College of Veterinary Medicine, a number of programs are underway to meet the challenges in all three of these areas.

The WSAVA, an association made up of companion animal veterinary organizations from all over the world, has a primary interest of advancing the quality and availability of small animal medicine and surgery, to create a unified standard of care for the benefit of animals and humankind. Each year, the WSAVA hosts a World Congress to foster exchange of scientific information between individual veterinarians and veterinary organizations. WSAVA also works to enhance knowledge, underscore the significance of small animals within the global One Health Initiative, and improve the health and welfare of animals throughout the world.

Dr. King became the 10th dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University in September, 2009. Prior to that, he directed the National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He served Michigan State University as dean for 10 years and spent 19 years with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. As the nation’s chief veterinarian, he worked extensively in global trade agreements and has testified before congress on issues of emerging diseases. A member of the National Academies of Science - Institutes, Dr. King is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. He received his bachelor’s degree and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Ohio State, a Master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and a master’s degree in public administration from American University.

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.