The One Health concept, which unites veterinarians, physicians and other scientists to protect humans and animals from zoonotic diseases, is a major theme for the upcoming symposium at K-State.

The World Rabies Day National Symposium, taking place Saturday, Sept. 19, at the K-State Alumni Center, is titled "Kansas State University: Promoting One Health Through World Rabies Day."

The university's student chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association had the highest documented student participation in its 2008 World Rabies Day events within the United States and its territories, making K-State the site for the 2009 symposium. The symposium contest is hosted by the Alliance for Rabies Control, a nonprofit organization that developed the World Rabies Day campaign. The symposium sponsor is Merial, one of the world's leading animal health companies.

The event will bring together public health officials, physicians, veterinary and medical students, faculty, and practicing veterinarians. Presentations will include lectures by K-State experts as well as presenters from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Merial and the Alliance for Rabies Control.

Topics include the One Health Initiative, a movement to forge collaborations between physicians, veterinarians and other scientific-health related disciplines. Speakers also will talk about One Health Kansas and their partnerships; rabies on a global, national and local level; and the public health implications of recent rabies cases.

For more information on the symposium, click here.

For more on the One Health Initiative, visit the organization’s Web site.