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A.C.H.O.I.C.E: Animal Care and Housing for Owners In Crisis or Emergencies

This is a student One Health Initiative project that is in the research and planning stages of its development. The goal of this project is to create a program which provides care for pets when owners are in crisis or emergency situations. To most effectively design this program, input from stakeholders in the community on the need and implementation is essential. Please take a few minutes to read about this program below, and fill out the 5 question survey.

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Antibiotic Resistance and Superbugs

At the ethics event this evening, Dr. Trisha Dowling talked about the emergence of resistant bacterial infections in animal patients and the potential hazards this can cause to pet owners. The increasing occurrence of both MRSA and MRSP in both human and animal patients has become a serious concern. To combat antibiotic resistance, veterinarians, physicians, producers, and the general public all have important roles to play. A link to the CBC news story, Bacteria getting the upper hand in antibiotic arms race, is posted below. We would love to here your thoughts on the topic of antibiotic resistance. Are we headed for the post-antibiotic era?

CBC: Bacteria getting the upper hand in antibiotic arms race

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Hormones in Beef

At our ethics event this evening, Elad presented on some dilemmas around the public perception of food animal production. This discussion centered around hormone implants in beef cattle but was also expanded to include other controversial aspects of food production. The following video is the new ad campaign put out by A&W. Feel free to share your thoughts and if there are any animal production practices you are curious about, just ask!


The Ethics of Medical Radicals

At this evenings ethics event, Dr. Meili presented a thought provoking case about a physician who worked the system to benefit patients. In this case, the physician prescribed special diets to patients on social assistance to enable them to get a ‘special diet allowance’ to supplement their income. While the patients benefited from an increase in their income level, the physician was also benefiting by billing for this service.

While the ethics of this practice is debatable, it is a fact that there is a correlation between poverty and poor health. This correlation is illustrated well in Gary Bloch’s TED talks appearance: If you want to help me, prescribe me money. Feel free to check out the video and we would love to hear any thoughts you have on either the case study presented by Dr. Meili, or the broader topic of poverty and health. Visit Poverty Costs to learn more about the latest upstream initiative in Saskatchewan.

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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

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Our Winner is Ana! Thanks for your participation!

To encourage participation in discussions and/or case studies the One Health Club is giving away a $20 Starbucks gift card. Comment on a discussion or case study and your name will be entered into a draw. The draw will be on March 24 – some extra coffee should keep you going through the last couple months of the semester.