“…between animal and human medicine there are no dividing lines – nor should there be”- Rudolf Virchow (1821–1902). In an effort to integrate One Health principles into the veterinary medical science curriculum, veterinary and graduate students from the Mississippi State University (MSU) and universities in Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) participated in an interdisciplinary six-credit, four weeks summer elective course called “Tropical veterinary medicine and One Health” offered jointly by MSU and Makerere University in Uganda (visit our website for more information on Tropical Veterinary Medicine and One Health Course: CVM 55906 & CVM 4990-6900 http://www.cvm.msstate.edu/academics/international-programs/msu-cvm-study-abroad-programs )
Students working in international and interdisciplinary teams directly engaged in service learning community outreach activities associated with animal production, disease surveillance, zoonotic disease, public health systems and food safety issues at the wildlife-livestock-human interface. The course involved experiential learning and students participated in a companion animal and livestock vaccination programs and a campaign to increase public awareness and education on zoonotic disease via a call-in radio talk show. The study-abroad program culminated with an international conference (boma) where students attended workshops and seminars and presented about their experiential learning as a model for integrating One Health principles into their curriculum.