"Between animal and human medicine there is no dividing line – nor should there be. The object is different but the experience obtained constitutes the basis of all medicine."
- Rudolf Virchow (1821-1902)
One Health—the concept describing the complex interrelationship involving ecosystem health and the health and well being of wildlife, domestic animals, and humans is the focus of the research and extension work of the College of Veterinary Medicine.
The CVM and its centers, institutes, programs, and individual faculty members and students contribute to the health of the environment, animals, and people on the local, regional, national, and international level.
Global health connections
With its focus on achieving equity in health for all people worldwide (1),global public health covers many fields including veterinary medicine and is often intertwined with the One Health concept. At the CVM, programs and collaborations related to global public health include CVM International Programs, and participation in the Triangle Global Health Consortium, the North Carolina One Health Collaborative, and the Global Health Initiative at NC State.
Centers and laboratories
Several faculty at the CVM are researching topics in One Health together with other colleagues at the CVM, NC State and beyond.
Center for Comparative Medicine and Translational Research
Mission: To promote scientific discovery and facilitate its clinical application to achieve the goal of improving the health of animals and humans. Research cores: Allergic Diseases, Biostatistics, Clinical Genomics, Emerging & Zoonotic Diseases, Mucosal Pathophysiology, Oncology, Stem Cells. CCMTR website >
Mission: To perform scientific research on the structure and function of skin focused on transdermal drug delivery, cutaneous toxicology, metabolism and pharmacokinetics employing innovative animal models and other pharmacokinetic research. Research interests: Percutaneous absorption of topically applied drugs and chemicals; Nanotoxicology; Dermal absorption and cutaneous toxicology of chemical mixtures; Transdermal drug delivery; Toxicology of military chemical vesicants; Chemical industry toxicology studies; Tissue residues and pharmacokinetics.
Aquatic Epidemiology and Conservation Laboratory
Mission: Exploring and working to resolve problems that affect the health and conservation of aquatic ecosystems and aquatic fauna. Research interests: Freshwater mussel conservation; Aquatic ecosystem health; Seafood safety.
AECL website >
Breen Lab at NC State
Mission: To exploring the cellular genomics of canine cancers and the investigation of any evolutionarily related genetic aetiology shared with human cancers. Research interests: Canine karotype, Molecular cytogenetics, Array-CGH analysis of canine tumors, Gene expression analysis, Canine brain tumors, Integrated genome mapping, Comparative and wildlife genomics. Breen lab website >
Thakur Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory
Mission: To improve pig and human health by reducing the burden of bacterial food borne pathogens. Research interests: Epidemiology of bacterial pathogens at the pre and post-harvest levels; Molecular characterization of antimicrobial resistance in food borne pathogens; Genotypic characterization of bacterial pathogens using molecular tools; Phylogenetic analysis of bacterial pathogens; Develop diagnostic tools for rapid pathogen detection and quantification. Thakur lab website>
(1) The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9679, Pages 1993 - 1995, 6 June 2009.