Students of the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine joined the School of Medicine students to offer free healthcare services to an underserved community in rural California. They have established a monthly One Health Clinic that integrates animal health with human health, while considering environment and life-style of the "family unit."
"It’s the aspect of working on projects that have the potential to generate lasting improvements in the way we interact with our environment that makes my work enjoyable."
Students Win 1st & 2nd Prize at Wildlife Disease Association Conference
Physical Effects of Chemically Dispersed Oil on Common Murres, by Emily Whitmer
This project is an investigation into the effects of exposure to chemical dispersant and dispersed oil on seabirds. Seabirds are vulnerable to marine oil spills because they rely on their plumage to form waterproof barrier between the cold ocean water and their skin. When exposed to oil, the waterproof barrier is disrupted and the bird rapidly loses body heat and buoyancy. Dispersants emulsify oil into small droplets and can break up oil slicks on the sea surface, so they have the potential to reduce the risk of seabird exposure to oil on the sea surface. However, we know very little about the effects of exposure to dispersants and dispersed oil on seabirds.
The Oiled Wildlife Care Network team undertook this project to investigate the impact of exposure to dispersant and dispersed oil on the feather structure, waterproofing, thermoregulation, and behavior of seabirds. Our aim is to provide data to inform decision-making and net environmental benefit analysis for chemical dispersant use during marine oil spill response.
We were fortunate to collaborate with and draw on the expertise of veterinarians, biologists, and other scientists from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and the One Health Institute, the UC Davis Department of Environmental Toxicology, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The study was on PCBs and DDTs (organochlorine contaminants) in the blubber of California sea lions: their association with biological factors like age and sex; trend over time; and association with health. These pollutants were found to be significantly associated with adverse health, increasing the risk of cancer and infectious diseases. Additionally, their levels were found to decline over time. On the basis of this study, California sea lions could be considered useful sentinels for monitoring marine environment health.
Four poster awards were given by the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges at their annual Conference on One Health this March. Of those four total awards, three went to students from the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
During his brief training, he was actively involved in global wildlife and human health projects and learned the techniques employed at the One Health Institute to manage projects and investigate disease threats.
The officers for the Students for One Health change annually. Here are the students currently at the helm.
This publication is put together with help from three very talented student interns: Jasjeet Dhanota, Matt Richards and Chris Ancheta.
"Dr. Fowler’s influence on the discipline of zoological medicine defies adequate words because it has been so incredibly illustrious and far-reaching."