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Posted: Tuesday 16 November, 2021 at 12:44 PM

Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine Brings Together Community Leaders, Students and Faculty to Celebrate One Health Day

Dean of RUSVM Sean Callanan
By: (RUSVM), Press Release

    One Health’s integrated approach to animal health, human health and environmental health is increasingly seen as vital to healthy communities; RUSVM’s involvement with Nov. 3 global event represents its commitment to coordinating with St. Kitts and Nevis government to advance these efforts


    ST. KITTS – Nov. 12, 2021 – In recognition of the global One Health movement, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) recently brought together community leaders, researchers, faculty and students to highlight initiatives that use a One Health, multi-disciplinary approach to recognizing and preventing patterns of disease transmission that are a result of changing ecosystems around the world.


    The week-long event, which was held in recognition of One Health Day Nov. 3, is held each year at RUSVM, which is based on the island of St. Kitts. Initiatives highlighted by RUSVM are particularly relevant to Caribbean nations. This year’s theme was on food safety and security, with topics including the introduction of new animal breeds to the island community; food security and health linkages in crop farming; and growing green tilapia as part of aquaculture practices. The event was held in conjunction with RUSVM’s Research Week, and students participated with “three-minute thesis” presentations. 


    Invited speakers included Dr. Tracey Challenger, BSc, DVM, MSc, Director, Ministry of Agriculture, St. Kitts, who is involved in shaping local and regional policies aimed at enhancing food safety and food security on St. Kitts and across the wider Caribbean region; Stuart LaPlace, Founder/Proprietor of Green Leaf and Director of St. Kitts and Nevis Bureau of Standards; Dr. Leighton Naraine, PhD, MA, BA, Director of Employee and Programme Development, Clarence Fitzroy Bryant College (CFBC); Mr. Melvin James, Agricultural Development Advisor, Former Director of the Ministry of Agriculture, St. Kitts. To learn more about RUSVM’s One Health Day events, which were held Nov. 1-5, 2021, visit


    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), , six out of every 10 known infectious diseases in people can be spread from animals, highlighting the strong inter-connectiveness of animals, humans and the ecosystem, in addition to the valuable role of veterinarians. One Health is supported by global organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), CDC, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and CARICOM.


    “The Department of Agriculture embraces the One Health concept as part of its transformational and development strategy for the agricultural sector,” said Director of the Ministry of Agriculture in St. Kitts Tracey Challenger, BSc, DVM, MSc. “As the gateway for food safety and food and nutrition security, hence the pathway to sustainability of life, we must ensure that all elements of AHFS, inclusive of Environmental Health and Veterinary Public Health, be considered at every stage of planning and implementation of the new road map.” 


    The One Health approach is at the core of the veterinary curriculum, as well as a Master of Science in One Health degree and a Certificate in One Health.. With four immersive research centers, RUSVM is regionally recognized for its scholarly endeavors. While each center offers its own perspective, all coalesce behind an integrated One Health research philosophy. The One Health Center for Zoonoses and Tropical Veterinary Medicine focuses on research aimed at understanding and combating zoonotic, vector-borne and other infectious diseases affecting human and animal health. 


    About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM)?is an institution of Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE). Founded in 1982, RUSVM is committed to preparing students to become members and leaders of the worldwide public and professional healthcare team and to advance human, animal and ecosystem health (One Health Initiative). RUSVM offers postgraduate Masters’, Ph.D. and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) programs accredited by the St. Christopher & Nevis Accreditation Board . Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine confers a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree, which is accredited by the American Veterinary Medical Association Council on Education (AVMA COE), 1931 N. Meacham Road, Suite 100, Schaumburg, IL 60173, Tel: 800.248.2862. Ross Veterinary Clinic is accredited by the American Animal Hospital Association. For more information visit? and follow RUSVM on Twitter (@RossVetSchool ), LinkedIn, Instagram (@rossvetschool) and Facebook (@RossVetSchool).


    About Adtalem Global Education
    Adtalem Global Education (NYSE: ATGE), a leading workforce solutions provider, partners with organizations in the healthcare and financial services industries to solve critical workforce talent needs by expanding access to education, certifications and upskilling programs at scale. With a dedicated focus on driving strong outcomes that increase workforce preparedness, Adtalem empowers a diverse learner population to achieve their goals and make inspiring contributions to the global community. Adtalem is the parent organization of ACAMS, American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, Becker Professional Education, Chamberlain University, EduPristine, OnCourse Learning, Ross University School of Medicine, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and Walden University. Adtalem has more than 10,000 employees, a network of more than 275,000 alumni and serves over 82,000 members across 200 countries and territories. Adtalem was named one of America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 by Newsweek and one of America’s Best Employers for Diversity 2021 by Forbes. Follow Adtalem on Twitter (@adtalemglobal), LinkedIn, or visit for more information. 








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