Lappin chairing WSAVA one-health committee

Published on March 14, 2018
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Dr. Michael Lappin of Colorado State University is the new chair of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association's One Health Committee.

Dr. Michael Lappin

A professor of infectious disease in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the CSU College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, Dr. Lappin also directs the Center for Companion Animal Studies. Last year, he received the AVMA Clinical Research Award for his contributions to the study of infectious diseases in animals.

Dr. Lappin succeeded Dr. Michael Day, emeritus professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Bristol in the U.K., who initiated creation of the one-health committee in 2010. The committee works to ensure the prominence of the small companion animal–human interface in the global one-health agenda. Dr. Day was elected to the WSAVA executive board and will become its liaison to the committee in September.

In a WSAVA press release, Dr. Lappin said, "As with Michael, One Health has been my major career interest since completing my PhD studying feline toxoplasmosis. Joining the OHC has been a career highlight and I am honoured to have been elected to follow in his footsteps and to lead the WSAVA's work in this area. We have a range of activities planned for 2018, including the launch of an online modular continuing education (CE) programme in One Health for WSAVA members."