Co-Leads Message

Welcome to the University of Saskatchewan One Health Initiative!

This is an exciting time!  Many of the complex problems facing the world have their origins in the interaction between humans, animals and the environment.  There is growing evidence that such problems are best addressed by interdisciplinary teams collaborating to develop and test innovative solutions.

The University of Saskatchewan has a history, structure and culture that facilitates such a One Health approach to problem-solving.  The University houses all major health sciences, including veterinary medicine, on one campus, and benefits from the presence of three interdisciplinary graduate schools: public health, public policy and the environment and sustainability.  Furthermore, a number of dynamic research centres enrich the academic environment: the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture (CCHSA), the Saskatchewan Population Health Research and Evaluation Unit (SPHERU), Indigenous Peoples’ Health Research Centre (IPHRC), and the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC).

Since 2010, the University has identified One Health as a priority Signature Research Area for the institution and offered support for the acceleration of One Health research, training programs, and international collaborations.  The Provost’s Committee on Integrated Planning and the Council of Health Science Deans have provided over $400,000 in core funding.  This has enabled the establishment of a One Health Research Development Grant Program to stimulate novel interdisciplinary team research, Certificate Programs in One Health at both the graduate and, soon undergraduate, levels, and expansion of international academic partnerships.

We welcome your interest and participation in One Health at the University of Saskatchewan!  Let’s work together!

Bruce Reeder, College of Medicine
Hugh Townsend, Western College of Veterinarian Medicine