A trip across the road: Meds and Vets remembering the roots of "One Health"

Posted on September 03, 2019

On the 11th July, the Faculty of Veterinary Science hosted 2 lecturers and 11 students (1 DTM&H, 3 DPH and 7 MPH) from the School of Health Systems and Public Health (SHSPH), Faculty of Health Science of the University of Pretoria as part of the CDC874 module.This module deals with environmental factors related to communicable diseases and zoonoses forms part of the module. The module is part of the post graduate MPH, DPH and DTM&H courses offered at the Faculty of Health Science.

This year in addition to the students exposure to Veterinary Public Health principles, facilitated by Department of Veterinary Public Health, the Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases arranged a site visit to the Sir Arnold Theiler memorial at OVI. The aim of the site visit was to demonstrate and discuss the roots of "One Health" in South Africa. This was done by highlighting historical events and cases where medical doctors and veterinarians worked together in the early 1900s to eliminate and control human (e.g. smallpox) and animal disease (e.g. african horse sickness) of public health and economic importance in Southern Africa in the early 1900s.

The student feedback has been recorded in the visitor book at the Arnold Theiler Memorial. It is hoped that many more signatures representing the different disciplines being taught at the University of Pretoria, will appear in this book in the coming years, as a reflection of the growing interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research and education platform at the university.

Arnold Theiler Museum Visitor book at the Arnold Theiler Memorial
- Author Krpasha Govindasamy
Published by Linda Poggenpoel

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