Students for One Health

Students for One Health

Students for One Health

Students for One Health is a student club that offers valuable training and field experience rooted in the One Health approach, as well as leadership and mentorship opportunities. The club is committed to fostering a diverse and sustainable planet through local and global projects that embrace transdisciplinary, collaborative problem solving, community building and health connections between humans, animals, plants and the environment.

The School of Veterinary Medicine's annual One Health Symposium is run by the Students for One Health in partnership with the One Health Institute. The club also runs the Knights Landing veterinary clinic in Yolo County and the MOSAIC project in northern Nicaragua.

Students for One Health Club Projects

One Health Symposium

This annual, daylong symposium, hosted by the One Health Institute and Students for One Health, brings together students and professionals in veterinary, medical and environmental fields to join interactive discussions, poster presentations and networking on a variety of topics impacting the health of animals, people, plants and the environment. Recent programs have focused on antimicrobial resistance, environmental sustainability and emerging infectious diseases, food insecurity and water policy. The One Health Symposium keynote is given by the Calvin Schwabe Lecturership speaker. Check the events calendar for symposium dates.

Knights Landing One Health Center

Students from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the UC Davis School of Medicine partner to provide veterinary and medical services to the underserved agricultural community of Knights Landing, California.

This community has many domesticated animals, including dogs, cats, and chickens. The goal of the project is to improve animal health in the community, because this impacts human health and well-being. Not only is the possibility of zoonotic disease transmission reduced, but healthy animals are not economic and emotional burdens, and could even improve the livelihood of their owners.

Students in both programs learn hands-on skills and how to collaborate across professions using a One Health approach. In addition to physical exams, screening and vaccines, veterinary and medical students offer educational materials and information to clients on topics like nutrition, behavior/mental health, environmental health and zoonotic diseases.

Together, the clinics hope to serve as a model for other organizations of the advantages of the One Health concept applied in the clinical setting.

MOSAIC — Models of One Health Solutions in Action in Communities

Formerly known as One Health Nicaragua (OHN), MOSAIC is a multidisciplinary, student-led project aimed at developing sustainable solutions to address complex health problems and alleviate poverty in vulnerable, rural communities throughout California. 

Following the success of a five-year community outreach and youth education project in Sabana Grande, a rural subsistence-agrarian community in northern Nicaragua, the MOSAIC team developed a pilot curriculum program in rural California that can be applied to impoverished communities globally.

In summer 2018, the team collaborated with its advisor, Dr. Rodrigo Gallardo, and 4-H groups to expand outreach to communities in need with international implications in mind. Two workshops were offered, geared towards biosecurity protocols and disease transmission for 4-H youth and youth leaders.

Students are now planning to work with backyard poultry owners to identify their needs, offer educational workshops, and provide preventative medicine (such as teaching good biosecurity practices and assessing flock health).