Although the term “One Health” is relatively new, the concept that human, animal, and environmental health are intertwined has long been acknowledged globally. As the environment changes and global trade systems move faster and become more intermingled, the conditions that created scenarios like the global SARS, avian flu, and swine flu outbreaks are accelerating. As a result, we will likely see more of these global health threats in the future.
Dr. Lonnie King: Prior to assuming his current position as Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University, Dr. Lonnie King served as the Director of the Center for Disease Control’s new National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases. Earlier in his career, Dr. King was the administrator for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. He served as the country’s chief veterinary officer for five years and worked extensively in global trade agreements within NAFTA and the World Trade Organization. He also served as Chair for the National One Medicine Task Force and is the current Point-of-Contact for One Health activities at the CDC.