Auburn University’s York Lecturer to promote collaborative One Health Initiative

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A veterinarian and key strategist in the One Health approach to improving public health will speak on the Auburn University campus Tuesday, Feb. 6, as the spring 2018 E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer. The presentation by George Washington University visiting professor Bernadette Dunham is set for 4 p.m. in 113A Lowder Hall.

Dunham's talk, titled "One Health—engaging in a multidisciplinary approach," is sponsored by the College of Agriculture's E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer Series and Auburn's Littleton-Franklin Lecture Series. In her faculty position with George Washington's Milken Institute of Public Health, Dunham focuses on developing One Health collaborations between the institute and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The international One Health Initiative is based on the inextricable link between the health of people and that of animals and the environment and calls for experts in human and veterinary medicines and other disciplines worldwide to work collaboratively toward solving issues of mutual concern and improving health outcomes and well-being for all.

Before joining the Milken Institute in 2016, Dunham was with the FDA's Center for Veterinary Medicine for 16 years, serving the last eight as director. In that role, she was responsible for ensuring the safety and effectiveness of animal drugs and the safety of animal feed and pet foods.

She began her career as a State University of New York faculty member and lab director, relocating to the nation's capital in 1995 to become assistant director of the American Veterinary Medical Association's Government Relations Division.

Dunham holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the Ontario Veterinary College at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, and a doctorate in cardiovascular physiology from Boston University.

The lecture is free and open to the Auburn campus and community. For more information, contact Megan Ross at or 334-844-3201. Learn more about the E.T. York Distinguished Lecturer Series at

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