Animal Health Week 2021
Animal Health + Human Health + Planet Health = One Health
Animal Health Week (AHW) is an annual, national public awareness campaign organized by the CVMA & celebrated by veterinarians across Canada. Through AHW, the veterinary community draws attention to an important health-related message every year.

From October 3 – 9, 2021, the CVMA will celebrate the 36th AHW by raising awareness of the One Health concept – an interdisciplinary approach to complex issues that benefits from a variety of professionals’ knowledge, backgrounds, & perspectives. This year’s slogan, Animal Health + Human Health + Planet Health = One Health, helps explain the One Health concept & the 2021 campaign showcases how Canada’s veterinary professionals occupy unique positions within the national One Health community in protecting animal health which, in turn, protects everyone’s health.

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A free poster was included in August’s issue of The Canadian Veterinary Journal & a second was mailed to veterinary practices nationwide.

Share this 2021 AHW video, presenting the 2021 AHW campaign's theme: One Health, with your clients & the public

Presented to CVMA members by sponsors:
The complimentary 2021 AHW One Health webinar will be held on Wednesday, October 6 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT & features speakers, Dr. Herman Barkema, Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases, Production Animal Health, UCVM
 & Dr. Michele Anholt, Manager, One Health, UCalgary. Please not that this webinar
is open to CVMA members only. Register today.
Dr. Barkema completed his DVM at Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. He spent two and a half years as a large dairy & beef herd manager before teaching bovine herd health at Utrecht University & working as an epidemiologist for the Dutch Animal Health Service while completing his PhD. In 2001, Dr. Barkema moved to UPEI before moving to UCalgary, founding UCVM’s Dept. of Production Animal Health. He is currently Professor in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases at UCVM & NSERC Industrial Research in Dairy Cattle Infectious Diseases, with a joint appointment in the Dept. of Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine. Dr. Barkema is also a guest professor at Ghent University in Belgium & foreign expert at the China Agricultural University in Beijing. His research focuses on prevention & disease control in cattle herds, including AMR, he has published over 300 scientific manuscripts, & he has lectured across the globe. Dr. Barkema leads the UCalgary Biostatistics Centre, the Canadian Bovine Mastitis Research Network's environment research theme, the Alberta Johne’s Disease Initiative, the Antimicrobial Resistance One Health Consortium, & UCalgary's One Health Emerging Research Theme.
Dr. Anholt completed her DVM at WCVM in 1985 & spent the next 22 years in mostly companion animal practice in B.C. & Alta. She joined UCVM as a grad student in 2008 & completed her PhD in epidemiology in 2013. For six years after, Dr. Anholt, a self-employed veterinary epidemiologist, serviced different organizations on varied projects incl. Seva Canada - an eye health survey & financial sustainability assessment of an eye care program, both in Madagascar, Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans - a new healthy salmon framework, Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative - a wildlife health intelligence platform for avian influenza, CFIA - a mycobacterium bovis outbreak response team member, Alberta Beef Producers - beef production AMR studies, New Zealand - a mycoplasma bovis outbreak response team member, & pharmaceutical companies' clinical trials. Dr. Anholt returned to UCalgary in 2019 as Manager of One Health, helping develop & advance the Emerging Research Theme.
Thank You to Our 2021 CVMA Animal Health Week Sponsors!

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