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5th Zoonotic Diseases Symposium
September 5-7, 2014


The theme of the 5th Annual Zoonotic Diseases Symposium is One Health in the Suburbs. One Health is an initiative that unites professionals across scientific disciplines to optimize the health of people, animals, and the environment by focusing on the interplay among these fields. While One Health issues exist at the local, national, and global levels, the 2014 Zoonotic Diseases Symposium will focus on local aspects of One Health that are present in our everyday lives.

We truly hope that students will take advantage of this unique opportunity to collaborate with their peers in the health sciences. Students should come out of this weekend not only with a better understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals, but also with an appreciation for the necessity of partnerships between all health professionals in preventing and treating zoonoses and handling disease outbreaks.

Dr. Alfonso Torres
Associate Dean for Public Policy,
Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

In keeping with the multi-disciplinary nature of One Health, this year’s speakers include veterinarians, physicians, and scientists who will provide insight into raw dairy products, organic meats, backyard poultry, antibiotic resistance, vector-borne diseases, and living with pets. A hands-on lab will provide skills for managing backyard wildlife, and small group discussions will encourage communication among a diverse group of attendees. The Zoonotic Diseases Symposium is open to undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, as well as health professionals and the general public.

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