Veterinary Public Health - Global Health Opportunities

Dr. Will Hueston to offer public talk

Current societal challenges - including population growth and shifts, global warming and emerging diseases - offer unprecedented opportunities for veterinary public health initiatives. Will Hueston, DVM, PhD, executive director, Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership and internationally recognized expert on Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) will offer his perspectives on upcoming challenges and opportunities in veterinary public health on Friday April 9th, at 2 p.m. in the auditorium, Veterinary Medical Center, 601 Vernon Tharp Street (use entrance on Coffey Road). Dr. Hueston is also professor, College of Veterinary Medicine
and School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota. The talk is free and open to the public.

Will Hueston is the executive director of the Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership (GIFSL). In addition, he holds faculty appointments at the University of Minnesota's College of Veterinary Medicine and School of Public Health. Dr. Hueston's degrees are in biology (BA, UVA, 1976); veterinary medicine (DVM, Ohio State 1980), preventive medicine (MS, Ohio State 1980) and epidemiology (PhD, Ohio State 1985).

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 2001, Dr. Hueston was Associate Dean for the University of Maryland campus of the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He also served as the Director of the Center for Government and Corporate Veterinary Medicine from 1996-2001. Dr. Hueston worked for the United States Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service from 1987-1996 during which time he gained international recognition for his work with the emerging disease, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE). Dr. Hueston advised the British, Canadian and US governments, the World Health Organization and World Organization for Animal Health on BSE prevention and control.

Dr. Hueston has extensive experience building public-private partnerships at the convergence of animal health, human health and the environment; most recently catalyzing formation of a Global Initiative for Food Systems Leadership involving an international consortium of universities, global food system companies , and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. His work focuses primarily on leadership development, but also integrates public policy, capacity-building and risk communication. He advises governments, industry, producer and consumer groups and non-governmental organizations on issues involving diseases that are shared between people and animals. Dr. Hueston has published over 55 articles in both animal health and public health literature and speaks nationally and internationally on a range of global public health leadership issues.

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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.