Although the origins of COVID-19 remain under debate among health and intelligence professionals, it is understood that an infected animal virus was transmitted to a human and was subsequently able to sustain itself and be transmitted to other humans. The pandemic has opened our eyes to a new era in global health and security, reiterating the need to embrace a "One Health" approach if we are to be prepared for the next crisis.
The Library of Congress Health Services Division and the Science, Technology and Business Division have collaborated with three expert speakers to provide the public with the latest information about the One Health approach, a transdisciplinary framework that calls for collaboration between human and veterinary medicine, sociology, economics, behavioral science and political science to manage current and future pandemics.
Sharon Deem, DVM, PhD, DACZM, is a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist and serves as the Director of the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation Medicine.
Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD, is a Professorial Lecturer at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at the George Washington University, where she focuses on One Health issues.
Tracey McNamara, DVM, PhD, DAVCP, is a veterinary pathologist and Professor of Pathology at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine.
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