One Medicine: Animals Helping Humans

MONTREAL ” The key to finding a cure for human diseases such as cancer, Lou Gehrig’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and muscular dystrophy may lie in the paws of man’s best friend as veterinarians and biomedical scientists from across the globe gather in Montréal, Québec, Canada, June 3-6, to present the latest veterinary medical advances helping both animals and humans live longer, healthier lives.

One Medicine, a term which acknowledges the fundamental similarities between living species as it relates to the practice of medicine, is a common theme of the 2009 ACVIM Forum & Canadian Veterinary Medical Association Convention.

“It’s a concise medical way of saying, ‘animals and people are more similar than different’,” said Jeffrey Toll, VMD, DACVIM (Small Animal Internal Medicine) and Immediate Past-Chairperson of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine’s (ACVIM) Education and Research Committee. “Not only does our work benefit animals, but spontaneous diseases incompanion and other animals are being increasingly recognized as more accurate models for human diseases when compared tolaboratory animals such as mice. As the veterinary experts on cancer, infections, and other animal diseases, collaborations between ACVIM Diplomates and the human biomedical research community were inevitable.”

The 2009 ACVIM Forum & Canadian VMA Convention will offer four full hours of continuing education for veterinarians sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition. Inc.®/™. Topics for the June 6 track include:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
    Kenneth W. Simpson, BVM&S, PhD, DACVIM
  • Liver Disease & Hepatitis B. Virus
    Bud C. Tennant, DVM, DACVIM
  • Translation Research in Osteosarcoma: Dogs & Kids
    Stephen J. Withrow, DVM, DACVIM
  • Veterinary Medicine & Comparative Genomics
    Matthew Breen, PhD

The ACVIM is the national certifying organization for Veterinary Specialists in Cardiology, Large Animal Internal Medicine,Neurology, Oncology, and Small Animal Internal Medicine. The ACVIM hosts an annual continuing education meeting (ACVIMForum) each year where cutting-edge information, technology, and research abstracts are showcased for the veterinary community.For the first time, the 2009 ACVIM Forum has joined forces with the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association for a uniqueeducational event. For more information please visit


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