Research saves the lives of humans and animals by helping us understand disease processes and how they affect the body; identify how diseases are spread; develop new techniques, vaccines, medicines and treatments; and, hopefully, find cures for diseases that affect humans and animals. There are veterinarians who conduct research, as well as those who oversee the care and welfare of the animals used for research.

Ohio State veterinary school dean writes about importance of One Health

“We need a One Health strategy that emphasizes an integrated surveillance system focused on animals, food and the environment as areas of concern. This approach will allow us to see the potential health risks as they present themselves, giving us the opportunity to prevent outbreaks, rather than waiting until people are sick,” writes Dr. Lonnie J. King, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at the Ohio State University, on the Huffington Post today.

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White-footed mouse “especially efficient” at passing Lyme-causing bacterium

While deer are usually singled out as the carriers of adult ticks, researchers have turned their focus to white-footed mice, which host immature ticks and can pass the Lyme-causing bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi from one generation of ticks to the next, according to an article on The white-footed mouse is described as an “animal weed” by a biologist quoted in the article, because they can continue to surge in population even as human development encroaches into the forest.

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Veterinarian and oncologist in Philadelphia team up for breast cancer research

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a veterinarian and an oncologist in Philadelphia are teaming up for research into the disease. With their findings, they hope to help both dogs and humans.

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Role veterinarians play in One Health isn’t always obvious

From time to time on Aardvarks to Zebras, we’ll be bringing you guest posts written by veterinarians, veterinary students, and others who have direct experience with One Health-related issues.

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European Union-funded project works to better understand zoonoses affecting African communities

ICONZ (“Integrated Control of Neglected Zoonoses: improving human health and animal production through scientific innovation and public engagement”), a European Union-funded project, is looking at the impact of eight zoonotic diseases on communities in Africa. The program hopes to raise awareness of zoonotic diseases and give developing countries the tools to implement strategies to help combat these diseases.

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