Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) announces the formation of the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia (CAHA) at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Harrogate, Tenn. and Lee County, Va. CAHA will host an annual conference on animal and public health issues in Appalachia each October starting in 2015.
“Our veterinary school is devoted to the mission of improving animal and human healthcare in the Appalachian region,” said LMU-CVM Dean and Vice President Glen F. Hoffsis, DVM, MS. “The team we’ve assembled for CAHA will be instrumental in achieving this vital public mission.”
The mission of CAHA is to improve animal health and public health in the Appalachian region through five initiatives:
- Conferences, workshops and training programs to raise awareness and advance knowledge of animal and public health issues, featuring key veterinarians, physicians, public health officials, scientists, researchers and policymakers with interests in Appalachian health issues.
- Through LMU-CVM, CAHA will provide veterinary students from LMU-CVM and other schools with the opportunity to earn a Rural Animal Practice Certificate, combining: (1) in-house and hands-on training in mixed animal medicine, surgery, veterinary business practices and communications; (2) public health training in one health, drawing in part on Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia resources including diagnostic laboratories and LMU-CVM facilities; (3) clinical placements in private and public practices in Appalachia; and (4) focused training in mixed animal veterinary business practices.
- Community educational programs for Appalachian residents, farmers, veterinarians and others using LMU-CVM facilities and online.
- Public education and advocacy on animal health and public health issues affecting the Appalachian region.
- Research and research funding support related to Appalachian Animal Health and Public Health, including annual publication of the State of Animal Health in Appalachia.
CAHA will be led by its Executive Director and Chief Veterinary Officer, Jason Johnson, DVM, MS, DACT, LMU-CVM’s One Health Director Gary Vroegindewey, supported by CAHA Director of Administration Ashley Knight, and policy advisor Mark L. Cushing of the Animal Policy Group. LMU-CVM clinical faculty will support and provide the CAHA Rural Animal Practice Certificate curriculum, as well as public education programs.
Lincoln Memorial University’s College of Veterinary Medicine is located on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., with additional academic facilities in nearby Lee County, Va. LMU-CVM is an integral part of the University’s Division of Health Sciences and provides real-world, community-based education in a collaborative learning environment. For more information about LMU-CVM, call 1-800-325-0900, ext. 7150 or visit us online at vetmed.LMUnet.edu.