Chicago, IL —The Chicago Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) recognizes the inaugural One Health Day and supports the aims of this international campaign, while launching its own One Health efforts.

The One Health concept is a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.

In 2006, CVMA former president, Dr. Roger Mahr, first proposed The One Health Initiative when he took office as President of the American Veterinary Medical Association.

In 2016, the CVMA created a One Health Task Force for the purpose of developing and fostering interdisciplinary collaborations around the One Health concept in the Chicago Metropolitan area.

According to Dr. Shannon Greeley, CVMA One Health Taskforce Chairwoman:

“The critical leadership role of veterinarians in animal and public health affords the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association the opportunity to provide valuable  input and insight at the local level regarding the One Health Initiative in key areas involving animal health, animal welfare, public health and public safety.”

There is much that the veterinary profession can and will continue to do to support One Health initiatives. The CVMA’s efforts in conjunction with those of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association’s will not just benefit animals and residents in the Chicago Metropolitan Area, but in the State of Illinois and beyond.