U of S One Health Club

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The One Health Club will be holding our Annual General Meeting on September 22, 2014 at 5:30 pm in room 220 Louis Riel Place (up the stairs by the bank machines). At this meeting we will be electing new executive members and discussing where we hope to take the club in the new school year. Anyone interested in the One Health concept is encouraged to come out. Your involvement in the club can be as much or as little as you would like. There are a variety of positions available on the executive for any students interested in being more involved in the club. Feel free to have a look over these before the meeting. We are looking forward to seeing you there!!

One Health Executive Positions


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ZOOEYIA SPEAKER SERIES: Dr. Rob Billington/ Dr. Tasha Epp

The One Health Club is excited to collaborate with the One Health Committee of the College of Medicine to bring you our last speaker series of the 2013/2014 school year.

‘One Health’ and the relationship between humans and animals are often discussed in the context of zoonotic disease. In focusing on the risk of human-animal interaction, the benefits of the human-animal bond can be overlooked. “zooeyia” is a term to describe the health benefits of companion animals and to provide a contrast to the term “zoonosis” which focuses on the risks animals pose to human health. Although the term ‘zooeyia’ is new, the human-animal bond is not. This speaker series will focus on the health benefits of companion animals, from both an animal health, and human health perspective.


A Veterinarians View of Zooeyia:
On April 2, Dr. Tasha Epp will present the topic of “zooeyia” from a veterinary prospective.
When: April 2, 2014 at 12:30p
Where: U of S Health Science Center, Room A204

A Family Physicians View of Zooeyia:
On April 3, Dr. Rob Billington will present the topic of ‘zooeyia’ from the prospective of a family physician.
When: April 3, 2014 at 12:30p
Where: WCVM, Room 2302

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TOUR: Clinical Learning Resource Center

On Monday, March 24 at 5:00pm, One Health Club members can participate in a tour of the Clinical Learning Resource Center. This center has one of the most advanced simulation facilities in Canada. This is a great opportunity to see the learning tools available to health science students. If you would like to attend, we are meeting in the reception area of the Clinical Learning Resource Center. The center is located on the second floor of E-wing in the Health Sciences Building.

When: Monday, March 24 – 5:00pm
Where: CLRC, second floor of E-wing, Health Sciences Building
Club Members: FREE
Non-members: $5.00

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Dr. Nigel French, a professor of food safety and veterinary public health at Massey University in New Zealand, will give the prestigious 2014 D.L.T. Smith Lecture on “Controlling zoonoses” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in Room 2115 at the WCVM.

Following the lecture, everyone is welcome to join Dr. French for a public reception (hors d’oeuvres and beverages) in the WCVM Buffeteria. Please RSVP to myrna.macdonald@usask.ca by Tuesday, March 4.

Dr. French will also give an earlier presentation on “Emerging zoonotic diseases” at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, in Room 2115 at the WCVM. No RSVP is necessary for this event.

For more information on this event please visit: WCVM Today


Ethics Slam!

“Grub first, then ethics” – Bertolt Brecht

The One Health Club is excited to host our first ‘Ethics Slam’. This event includes dinner and will take place at 5:30p on March 3 in Louis Loft.

Attendants will participate in small group discussions, facilitated by various health science professionals. Ethical issues are often complex. A One Health Approach is essential to allow for a comprehensive understanding of a problem before an ethical decision can be made.

This is a great opportunity to discuss relevant issues facing health professionals today. Come out and join us!

Date: March 3, 2014
Time: 5:30p
Place: Louis Loft

Facilitators and Topics:
(Facilitators and topics will be listed as they are confirmed)
Dr. Trisha Dowling – “Superbug Skin Infection: Is it Frank or Fido’s fault?”
Dr. Ryan Meili – Ethics of Medical Radicals: Physicians who fight or work the system for their patient’s benefit
Elad Ben-Ezra – Hormones in Beef

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One Health in the Community

To continue our One Health Presentation Series, Dr. Michelle Lem, DVM, MSc and Dr. Kate Hodgson, DVM, MHSc, CCMEP, will be presenting on a variety of One Health related topics including the effects of pet ownership on street-involved youth and the benefits of including “Pet Query” as part of regular physical examinations. To read more about our upcoming speakers please visit: WCVM Today

January 27, 2014
5:30p-6:30p – Presentations
Dr. Lem – One Health in the Community (Veterinary Outreach)
Dr. Hodgson – Using the Pet Query to Unlock Zooeyia
6:30p-8:00p – Reception and group discussions
E1130 E Wing, U of S Health Sciences Building

January 28, 2014
Dr.Lem – Veterinarians’ Role in Community Health
Dr. Hodgson – Role of Pets in Families
Room 2115, WCVM

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Further Thoughts on One Medicine: The Role of Various Health Professionals

On Monday evening the One Health Club was pleased to host the first of three speakers in the presentation series “One Health in Our Communities”, Dr. Craig Vanderwagen,MD,RADM,USPHS. During his presentation, Dr. Vanderwagen reflected on a number of situations throughout his career where he applied one health principles to solve complex problems from health management on American reservations to natural disaster relief. For those of you who attended the presentation, it would be great to hear your feedback. What did you enjoy about the presentation? Did any of the topics covered stick out for you? What are your thoughts on the approaches to problem solving that were presented?