Conversations with the College's Pioneers in One Health
In September 2012, Profiles interviewed five of the College of Veterinary Medicine's pioneers in One Health about how they define One Health, One Health's origins, their work in One Health, and how the One Health concept has changed veterinary medicine and human medicine.
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R.K. Anderson, an accomplished veterinarian, animal behaviorist, and professor emeritus in veterinary public health. Dr. Anderson died on October 18, 2012, at the age of 90.
"I would define One Health as encompassing the health of all human beings, animals, and plants on the planet. We are here as one family."
College of Veterinary Medicine One Health pioneers Drs. Stan Diesch, Dale Sorensen, Carl Osborne (with Chloe), and Pat Redig took time for a photo during a visit to the laboratory of Dr. Srirama Rao, associate dean for research. Photo by Michelle Mero Riedel
Stanley L. Diesch, public health veterinarian, researcher, and professor emeritus
"Through our veterinary public health program, we emphasized to our veterinary and post-graduate students the important contributions they can make to animal and human health through affiliation with their medical doctor, their nurse, their public health officer, and their pharmacist."
Carl Osborne, professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and founder of the Minnesota Urolith Center
"Have veterinarians become more scientific? Do they advance ideas through evidence-based medicine? Yes, more so than ever. Are veterinarians and physicians working more closely together than ever before? Yes."
Pat Redig, cofounder of The Raptor Center at the University of Minnesota and professor at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
". . . this tendency we have to compartmentalize things and view humans apart from the rest of the world in dealing with our infections and maladies is disingenuous at least and probably catastrophic at worst."
Dale Sorensen, veterinarian, researcher, professor emeritus, and former dean of the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine
"The sole focus of veterinary medicine is not on animals, like dogs and cats and horses and cattle and swine. It has been broadened to include humans, since humans are also animals. It has been broadened to include research."
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