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Veterinarians
Key to Planet's
Future,
UC Davis
Global Health
Expert Believes
All Stories By Jim Bell

Dr. Jonna Mazet, professor and founder of the One Health Institute at UC Davis, believes that veterinarians are
uniquely positioned to convince their communities to get behind efforts to rescue our planet from the ravages of
climate change, future pandemic threats and vanishing species - including our own.
" The veterinary community has a wonderful pulpit, " she said in
an interview. " We have a trusted microphone, a trusted ability to
speak to a huge portion of the animal-loving community. We are
in a unique position because of that access and that voice. And our
scientific training means that we can understand what is happening, understand vaccines and how they work, understand pathogens and pathogen dynamics and why some people and animals
don't get sick and others do.
" From my perspective, when we are facing a major global health
problem that is also a problem in our own communities, we have a
responsibility as a profession to speak to that, " Dr. Mazet said.
" Veterinarians are trained in systems thinking. So understanding
how the different pieces of the puzzle come together on climate
change - just as we understand that a dog has different organ systems
that depend on different cellular systems that depend on different
protein, enzyme and molecular systems - enables the veterinarian to
think of the planet as a patient.
" We really have a role in responsible communication and advocacy for what is threatening the planet's health, including our own
and that of our companion animals and the other creatures that
inhabit the earth. "

Training Partners in 35 Countries
Dr. Mazet has been working on the planet's problems for decades.
She recently finished more than a decade as global director and principal investigator of the PREDICT Project of USAID's Emerging
Pandemic Threats Division. The project has trained and empowered
partners in 60 laboratories and 35 countries in a One Health approach
aimed at prevention, detection and response to deadly viruses.

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She is a professor of epidemiology and disease ecology at the
UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. Her primary interest is
in solving global health problems, emerging infectious diseases and
conservation challenges. Dr. Mazet also is co-director of USAID's
One Health Workforce: Next Generation and serves on the board
of directors of the Global Virome Project, a program at the forefront of research, policy and capacity building related to emerging
infectious diseases.
Mankind is the only species that has been able to alter our environment, she said. " It is human actions on this earth that have
caused the majority of the disturbances and changes that we're seeing in our ecosystem. Because of those activities we're in the earth's
sixth mass extinction of plants and animals.
" We're faced with these tough questions: Should we let some
species die out? How do we save them all? Can we save them all?
Do we continue to invest in conservation-dependent species? Are
those species that need our intervention going to be able to survive? Or do we move our investment to other species or maybe to
the planet again to save as many as possible?
" The climate is changing rapidly. With that we're seeing dramatic changes in migratory patterns and survivability of many
species. It's unclear whether animals can adapt fast enough or that
we can change our behavior so they won't need to, " she said.
" The climate crisis is causing an increase in ocean levels and
we have climate refugees from drought and extreme weather
events all over the world. It's not just the animals that we need to
save. It's ourselves. "
She noted that the coronavirus pandemic, climate change and
related issues like endangered species all are driven by the same

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pulse - March 2021

Pulse - March 2021
Chapter Meetings & Calendar
President’s Perspective
SCVMA Profile
SCVMA Profile
Pulsepoints
Practical Pathology
Veterinarians Key to Planet’s Future, UC Davis Global Health Expert Believes
Medical Leeway
UC Davis Update
Tools for Success
Angel Fund
Dear Tabby
The RVT
Industry Insights
Quick Reference
AVMA Diplomates
Digital Photography for Veterinarians
Resources
Disease Table
Classifieds
From the SCVMA Office
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Pulse - March 2021 - Chapter Meetings & Calendar
Pulse - March 2021 - President’s Perspective
Pulse - March 2021 - SCVMA Profile
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Pulse - March 2021 - Pulsepoints
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Pulse - March 2021 - Practical Pathology
Pulse - March 2021 - Veterinarians Key to Planet’s Future, UC Davis Global Health Expert Believes
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Pulse - March 2021 - Medical Leeway
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