Auburn University Students for One Health Club (SOH)
The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine Students for One Health Club (SOH) is an organization established to provide veterinary students and any other student in the medical field with a structured opportunity to gain education and experience with public health, animal health, environmental health, and human health. Throughout the world, hunger, poverty, and infectious diseases place a burden on human, animal, and environmental health. An interdisciplinary One Health approach is necessary to enhance the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Step by step, Students for One Health chapters around the country are making progress toward bettering public health, furthering research, educating the global population, and saving lives. We aim to unify all aspects of medicine in order to improve the lives of all species through the assimilation of veterinary medicine, human medicine, and environmental science.
Specific areas of interest discussed in meetings/related to club activities include: the human-animal bond, preventive medicine, conservation medicine, disaster and emergency preparedness, national security, biosafety and security, translational medicine, rural medicine, food safety and security, epidemiology- disease surveillance and modeling, zoonotic infectious diseases, vector-borne diseases, public health education opportunities, public policy and legislation, mental health, and the built environment. SOH fosters connections leading to employment and internship opportunities with military, research, NPO, NGO, and academic entities, in addition to state, national, and international government agencies.
Principle Activities, Events, or Programs:
Annually: World Rabies Day: September 28th, International One Health Day: November 3rd, World Health Organization’s Antimicrobial Resistance Week: November (partner with VCOM for a meeting).
Per semester: trips to the CDC (once a semester). Fall semester: AUCVM First year orientation club day. Spring semester: Open House.
Monthly: lunch and dinner meetings at least once a month.
How this group’s activities benefit the profession, university, and community:
As an organization, we strive to advance students understandings of the One Health initiative by providing lectures, case studies, and hands-on opportunities, while connecting students with faculty, staff, and professionals in the field. The opportunities made available by the club provide club members with chances to network with professionals beyond the program curriculum. We diligently work to partner with other clubs within the CVM, with VCOM, the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, and others. By increasing awareness of One Health and public health, as well as seeking opportunities to engage members of the general public in outreach events and education opportunities, we aim to expand the understanding of the field of veterinary medicine using a multi-discipline approach.
How to get involved with this group:
To get involved with this group you can email the President of SOH, Jennifer Donaggio, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
President: Jennifer Donaggio
Vice President: Camille Wood
Secretary: Amanda Palazzo
Treasurer: Maddy Schneider
Outreach Chair: Jasmine Coleman