Turtle Conservation as the Poster Child of One Health
7:00-7:50 am / One Health: The Ties That Bind
The health of humans, animals, and environments are interconnected in ways we are just starting to fully understand. These shared health threats (e.g., infectious zoonotic pathogens, environmental degradation, and pollutants) along with their potential solutions will be fully realized by using a transdisciplinary—holistic—approach. This is One Health. In this talk, we will discuss the why, what, where, how, and who of One Health with emphasis on the role of veterinarians within the growing One Health movement.
10:00-10:50 am / Endocrine Disruptive Chemicals on Wildlife and Humans
In recent years the impact that environmental toxins with endocrine disrupting capabilities, or the endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs), have on the health and reproductive fitness of humans and other animals has become increasingly appreciated. These EDCs are found in a wide range of products from drugs, pesticides, consumer products (e.g., tin cans and receipt paper), industrial by-products and pollutants, and all types of plastics, including microbeads. Using data from studies that the author has conducted on bisphenol-A (BPA)—probably the most well-known EDC—showing its impacts on turtle sex and behavior, insight into how EDCs are threatening both wildlife conservation and human health will be shared.
11:30- 12:20 pm / Conservation for the Private Practitioner
Veterinarians working in private practice may be on the front line of conservation. Through a “CPR” approach using effective communication, programs, and resources, it is private practitioners that may help to advance conservation initiatives. Specific ways in which private practitioners contribute may include 1) conservation outreach and education; 2) understanding and sharing exotic pet issues; 3) wildlife rehabilitation programs; 4) livestock-companion animal-ecosystem interface health issues; and 5) applying a One Health approach to ensure human health at the interface of wildlife, domestic animals and people. Using examples, we will explore this CPR approach and how to advance wildlife conservation through your hospital.
2:00- 2:50 pm / Turtle Conservation is One Health
Using the speakers 20+ years of conservation and health studies of turtle species on land and in rivers and oceans, including studies of box turtles and river turtles in Missouri, leatherback sea turtles in Gabon, and giant tortoises in the Galapagos, we will explore the conservation and health challenges threatening turtle species today. In the presentation, we will look at how veterinarian medicine may be applied to help with the conservation of turtle species. Additionally, how this veterinary work should be viewed from a One Health perspective since the threats to turtles are also threats to environments, humans, and animals alike.
Keynote address on the One Health movement and the importance of wildlife health for planetary health.
From wild forest elephants in Gabon and maned wolves in Bolivia to giant tortoises on the Galapagos Islands, Deem has built a career connecting the health of wildlife to people through One Health, an approach that recognizes that the health of people is connected to the health of animals and the environment. She is an award-winning epidemiologist, wildlife veterinarian and conservationist.
Where - University of Georgia Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources Building 2, Room 100
The Va-Md College of Veterinary Medicine, the Southwestern Virginia VMA, and Purina: An Evening with Event
One Health for the Veterinary Practitioner
Sharon will talk about the Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme and how a Conservation Medicine Approach can help save tortoises and all the other amazing wildlife species of the Galapagos Islands
In this talk, Dr. Deem will provide an overview of the One Health initiative. She will discuss the conservation and public health challenges that threaten animal health and human livelihoods in Galapagos. She will also show how a One Health approach may help to minimize these challenges. Using past and current projects from Galapagos, she will provide examples of how scientific One Health studies may be used for animal, environment, and human health.
Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD is an elephant aficionado with major wildlife veterinary and epidemiology chops — chops as in 100+ articles, 25 book chapters and research in 30+ countries. Even if you’ve yet to dip into her prolific zoological explorations, you can catch her world-renowned ideas that bind human, animal and environmental health.
Veterinary Medicine in the Anthropocene Epoch
The lecture will focus on the current challenges of the 21st century: minimizing the loss of biodiversity, feeding 7.6 billion people without causing too much harm to the planet, and mitigating the negative impacts of climate change on animal health. The lecture will be from the perspective of a wildlife veterinarian and her 20+ years of working on free-living wildlife health issues and with zoo collection animals at AZA accredited zoos. Dr. Deem will share stories from her work with elephants in Asia and Africa, turtle species from all over the world, and disease issues at the livestock–wildlife interface. Dr. Deem will also showcase what a veterinarian starting out can do for One Health.
A Zoo Veterinarian's Perspective on One Health and a Discussion of Environmental Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals on the Health of Wildlife and Humans
In this talk I will present a perspective on Wildlife and Human Health interaction (One Health) while exploring the shared impacts from environmental endocrine disruptor chemicals (EDCs) in both people and wildlife.
For more information on this workshop visit http://www.mnrc.org/uploads/One_Health_Workshop_2_1220.pdf
Wednesday June 14th
3:00 - 4:00 PM Veterinary Medicine in the Age of the Anthropocene
Thursday June 15th
2:00 - 3:00 PM Elephants in the Room: Conservation of large Bodied animals
3:00 - 4:00 PM Conservation Medicine in Action
6:30 - 7:30 PM Saving the World One Turtle at a Time: Galapagos to Box Turtles
Come to the Saint Louis Zoo to learn about the links between wildlife conservation and human health from Zoo staff and medical and veterinary students! Should be a fun morning for all, while learn of the connections that bind all life in a health continuum.
The NAVC Veterinary Conference 2017
February 4-8, 2017 (Exhibits 5-8)
Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) West Concourse • Orlando, Florida
Hope to see many of you at NAVC. I give 4 talks covering many aspects of One Health / conservation medicine.
7th 8:00-9:15 AM Elephants in the Room: Conservation of large Bodied animals
1:45-2:35 PM Saving the World One Turtle at a Time: Galapagos to Box Turtles
4:15-4:35 PM Conservation for the Private Practitioner
Wednesday February 8th
9:15-9:55 AM Endocrine Disruptor Chemicals in Wildlife Specie
Dr. Deem will share stories from her career as a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist. Sharon has worked as a One Health practitioner during the past 25 years, and in as many countries, to ensure healthy animals and healthy people. Sharon will provide background on the how and why of the current conservation and public health challenges in this age of the Anthropocene. More importantly she will share how working across disciplines, and in a One Health approach, we may find solutions to challenges ranging from climate change and the loss of biodiversity to zoonotic pathogens that threaten plant, animal and human health.