2013 ACVIM Forum to Explore 'One Medicine'

The key to curing and preventing human diseases and disorders could come from veterinary research as veterinarians and scientists from around the globe gather in Seattle, Wash., to present the latest veterinary medical advances helping both animals and humans live longer, healthier lives at the 2013 American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (ACVIM) Forum. The event will take place June 12-15.

One Medicine, a term that acknowledges the fundamental similarities between species as they relate to the practice of medicine, is a key focus for several presentations during the 2013 ACVIM Forum. In addition, One Medicine takes a global view of health by recognizing that environmental health is fundamental to all living species.

“It’s a concise way of saying ‘animals and people are more similar than different,’ ” said Jeffrey Toll, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM-SAIM and past chair of the ACVIM's Education and Research Committee. “Not only does our work benefit animals, but spontaneous diseases in companion and other animals, such as horses, are being increasingly recognized as more accurate models for human diseases when compared to laboratory animals such as mice. As the veterinary experts on cancer, infections and other animal diseases, collaborations between ACVIM diplomates and the human biomedical research community were inevitable.”

On June 14, four scientific sessions focused on One Medicine will be offered at the Washington State Convention Center:

  • One Medicine in Disasters: Haiti Earthquake
  • One Medicine in Military Medicine: U.S. Army Public Health Command
  • One Medicine on the Battlefield: Clinical Practice Guidelines for Military Working Dog Emergency Care by Human Health Care Providers
  • One Medicine in the Exam Room

The ACVIM is the national certifying organization for veterinary specialists in large and small animal internal medicine, cardiology, neurology and oncology. Established in 1973, the ACVIM’s purpose is to advance the knowledge of animal health and diseases, and to foster the continued development of specialty veterinary care.

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