College of Veterinary Medicine

Global Animal Health Pathway


The Global Animal Health Pathway (GAHP) is offered to professional DVM students at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University and provides a unique educational opportunity for veterinary students to develop the skills and knowledge that will help them pursue careers in global animal health. The program is coordinated through the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health (Allen School) with cooperation from and in partnership with other departments and schools at WSU and the University of Washington (UW), Department of Global Health, Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Students that successfully complete the program earn a Professional Certificate in Global Animal Health in addition to their DVM degree.

A major goal of the GAHP is to expand opportunities for and competence of veterinarians in reducing global health disparities through intervention at the animal-human interface. The GAHP provides interested veterinary students an environment where they develop an understanding of the fundamental role that animals play in global health and critically examine the impact that the veterinary profession can have. The program creates an environment where students gain skills and knowledge to confront the challenges related to global animal health and prepares students, as global citizens, to work toward practical sustainable solutions to critical global health concerns.

Fundamental to the GAHP is fostering interdisciplinary student interaction across professions involved in global health, in alignment with the concept of One Health. The program addresses gaps in awareness of the interdependencies of health with ecology, economics, nutrition, media and politics in a global society. The foundation coursework enhances the student knowledge base to develop competency in multidisciplinary and multicultural perspectives of global health including the benefit of increased collaborative efforts of professionals from synergistic academic disciplines. The program builds on the strengths of the international research and training expertise of the Allen School faculty, the College of Veterinary Medicine and the greater Washington State University faculty and through the partnership with the University of Washington.

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