NC Symposium Examines Human-Animal Health Connections

One Medicine Symposium Returns for 13th Year

Dr. Anna Allen, NCDA&CS Emergency Programs Division

Veterinarians, physicians and other health professionals will gather in Durham next month to learn more about the intersection of human and animal health and the environment at the “One Medicine Symposium — A One Medicine Approach to Emerging Diseases” sponsored by the NC Department of Agriculture and the NC Department of Health and Human Services.

Topics at this year’s symposium, held December 7-8, 2016, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel and Convention Center, include the latest information about the Zika virus, cat scratch disease, new infectious disease transmission pathways, canine Lyme disease and more.

“In today’s environment, it is important to consider health issues from human and animal perspectives,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This conference aims to promote collaboration across professional disciplines and enhance preparedness for natural or man-made disasters, infectious-disease outbreaks and other challenges affecting human and animal health.”

The conference is geared toward human, animal and public health professionals, environmental health specialists, agriculture and wildlife professionals, and federal, military, state and local emergency management and disaster responders. Continuing education credits are available for veterinarians and environmental health specialists. Registration is $75, which includes a 1.5-day program, lunch on the first day, and breakfast and snacks on both days.

For details or to register, visit

The One Medicine Symposium is hosted by NCDA&CS and NCDHHS in cooperation with NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine, the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, US Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Veterinary Services, and the NCSU Office of Professional Development.

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