Jakob Zinsstag

2023 Calvin Schwabe Lectureship Speaker: Jakob Zinsstag

"The critical needs of man include the combating of diseases, ensuring enough food, adequate environmental quality, and a society in which humane values prevail."  Dr. Calvin Schwabe

Jakob Zinsstag holding a puppy

The 2023 Calvin Schwabe lectureship speaker is Dr. Jakob Zinsstag, a veterinarian with a PhD in tropical animal health. He spent eight years in West Africa at the International Trypanotolerance Centre in The Gambia and four years as the director of the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques in Côte d’Ivoire. Since 1998 he heads a research group on human and animal health at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (TPH), in addition to serving as deputy head of department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Swiss TPH since 2011.

Dr. Zinsstag focuses on the control of zoonoses in developing countries and the provision of health care to mobile pastoralists using a One Health approach. He is past president of the International Association for Ecology and Health and former president of the scientific board of the Transdisciplinary network of the Swiss Academies, and is the current editor-in-chief of CABI One Health resources.

He received the Meritorious Award by the World Organization of Animal Health (WOAH) in 2023.

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The Calvin Schwabe lectureship commemorates the pioneering One Health work of Calvin Schwabe, who helped strengthen the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's commitment to One Health by ensuring that future veterinarians integrate human, animal and ecosystem protection into their professional work.