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About the One Health Institute

About the One Health Institute

Working at the interface of animals, people, and the environment to solve complex problems impacting health and conservation.

The One Health Institute is active all over the world, working at the interface of animals, people and the environment to solve complex problems that impact health and conservation. The Institute grew out of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine’s deep commitment to the One Health approach and is home to the well-established Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center.

The UC Davis One Health Institute is home to many Centers, programs, projects and initiatives within the School of Veterinary Medicine and beyond. Our Executive Director is Dr. Michael Ziccardi and our scientists and educators are working throughout the UC Davis Campus, the UC System, State and Federal Agencies, and all over the world to advance the health of animals, people and the environment.

The One Health approach addresses complex health problems on a platform that recognizes that the health of domestic animals, wildlife, and people are inextricably linked with each other and the environment.

Our work is global

The threat to people, wildlife, and domestic animals is worldwide as climate change, human population growth, and changing land use cause pathogens to emerge and spread

Our work is comprehensive

Seeking integrated policy interventions which simultaneously and holistically address multiple, interacting causes of poor human health including unsafe and scarce water, lack of sanitation, food insecurity, and infectious diseases

Our work is holistic

Recognizing that an integrated approach will yield significantly larger health benefits than policies that target factors individually and in isolation

Our work is collaborative & transdisciplinary

Agricultural scientists, anthropologists, economists, educators, engineers, entomologists, epidemiologists, hydrologists, microbiologists, nutritionists, physicians, public health professionals, sociologists, and veterinarians working collaboratively to improve and promote both human and animal health