June 01, 2009
Dr. H. Michael Chaddock, deputy executive director of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, said every veterinary college has been affected to some degree.
"The majority of them are state-funded institutions. Really, today, that is a misnomer. They're not state-funded but state-assisted," he said.
Animal health authorities have been investigating the novel H1N1 influenza virus, which sickened thousands of people worldwide, to determine what impact it could have on animals.
The University of California-Davis has started the Mountain Gorilla One Health Program in the School of Veterinary Medicine's Wildlife Health Center.
The new program partners with the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, established in 1986 by the Morris Animal Foundation at the request of primatologist Dian Fossey. The veterinary school initiative will support gorilla conservation by addressing human health, livestock health, and agricultural issues in the central Africa region where the gorillas live.