What does Ohio State mean for global health?
New, global issues are shaping veterinary medicine. Emerging infectious diseases, food safety and security, foreign animal diseases, antimicrobial resistance, and even bioterrorism ensure that veterinarians are needed on the front lines to help protect society from these global threats.
Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine is making an impact on global health issues, both in its research and its programs. Yasuko Rikihisa, PhD, professor of microbiology, member of the National Academy of Sciences, and Ohio State’s 2011 Innovator of the Year, has focused her prolific research career on tick-borne diseases that infect food and fiberproducing animals, companion animals, and humans. The problem is critical: of the 355 human infectious diseases that have emerged since 1940, 60% are passed from animals to humans, and many of those have been passed through ticks. Dr. Rikihisa’s groundbreaking work has already been translated into commercial products and services—today touching millions of companion animals’ lives, and in the near future impacting human lives and health as well.
The Farm to Table Study Program, developed by Armando Hoet, DVM, PhD, director of the Veterinary Public Health program, delves into global health issues through an annual trip to food exporting countries. Students, professors, professionals, and public health officials unite to learn about the global integration of food systems, focusing on public and animal health issues, food safety, and international regulations. “We are training the next generation of veterinary and public health students to focus on global food safety, protection, and security,” Dr. Hoet says. “It’s a one-of-a-kind educational journey.”