The One Health Academy promotes interdisciplinary collaboration among health professionals, industry, and policy makers by promoting public health, as well as environmental, food, agricultural, and economic protection.
Our monthly events serve to unite:
- Federal governmental departments
- Non-governmental organizations
- Private industry leaders
to promote collaboration through networking, discussion following educational presentations, and informal mentoring.
One Health Academy meetings are dinner meetings held at the NEW Capital Yacht Club at Channel Inn located at 660 Water St SW, Washington, D.C. 20024 around the left side of the Inn on the water front. The meetings are typically the 2nd Thursday of every month from September to June with dinner starting at 6:30PM and the featured talk beginning between 7:15 to 7:30PM.
Our next speaker on December 11th will be Ms. Emily Thomas, Animal Science Program Director for Humane Farm Animal Care. Her talk is titled, "Farm Animal Welfare: How Farm Animal Welfar Affects Your Health and the Environment ." Please look to our event schedule for upcoming talks.
Emily Thomas received her undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Animal & Poultry Science, an honorary degree in Conservation Biology from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and her Masters of Science, with Distinction in Applied Animal Behaviour & Animal Welfare from the University of Edinburgh, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Thomas holds the Universities Federation of Animal Welfare Award for Highest Marked Dissertation in 2012-2013.
As an undergraduate, Thomas co-lectured the Animal Science department’s Animal Reproductive Physiology lab and did extensive research into ecological agriculture and contemporary, controversial issues in animal science. It was during this time that her interest in farm animal welfare was piqued. During her Masters, Thomas studied the effects of common stressors present on sheep farms on the neurophysiology and behavior of newborn lambs. Thomas quickly learned that while her skill set and experience suited her to research, her passion resided in making lasting changes to farm animal welfare through influencing consumer behavior.
When she returned back to the United States the opportunity at Humane Farm Animal Care presented itself. Her educational background and research into farm animal welfare has prepared her for the extensive job of Animal Science Program Director, where she oversees the entire certification program, in addition to working with the scientific committee to write and revise the Standards for the program.