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    The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine embraces the unifying One Health approach to work to ensure the sustainability of the planet through ecosystems, human and animal health.


Real-life solutions for global health and sustainability

David E. AndersonCollege of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN

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The College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Tennessee is committed to global sustainability for people, animals, and the environment through teaching, research, and service.

Sustainable Planet: One Health Initiative

The University of Tennessee One Health Initiative (OHI), established in 2020, promotes research and education to ensure the health and sustainability of the planet. Humans, animals, plants, and the environment are inextricably linked, with the health of one affecting the health of all. The OHI concept recognizes that health issues must be addressed cohesively instead of independently using a team science strategy. This convergence approach is essential considering transmission of infectious and emerging diseases among humans, livestock, and wildlife. The OHI provides educational programs for undergraduate, professional, and graduate students and K-12 educators.

Sustainable Agriculture: Genomic Sciences

The Genomics Center for the Advancement of Agriculture was established at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture in 2019. The Genomics Center is committed to the advancement of agriculture by developing new strategies for improvement of productivity and sustainability of food production systems. Center faculty collaborate to advance animal health and engage students at all levels to provide education, research, and service through genomic sciences. The Genomic Center’s goal is to provide leadership in the advancement of agriculture through a holistic approach including genetics, animal health, reproduction, structural soundness, disease and pest resistance, heat tolerance, nutrition, and consumer sciences.

Sustainable Health: Translational Diseases

The Center of Excellence in Livestock Diseases and Human Health was established in 1984 with a mission to promote interdisciplinary research designed to improve the quality of human and animal life, identify animal diseases that affect people, and develop new strategies for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. The Center funds seed grants to promote research and sponsors the summer veterinary research experience program. Faculty offer research experiences to undergraduate, professional, and graduate students. In 2020, a new vector-borne disease (VBD) research focus was formed. The VBD laboratories work to identify novel therapeutic targets to treat and prevent infections from ticks and mosquitoes from being transmitted to humans and animals by understanding the molecular mechanisms that occur at the interface of pathogen-vector-vertebrate host interactions.


The University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine embraces the unifying One Health approach to work to ensure the sustainability of the planet through ecosystems, human and animal health.

Citation: American Journal of Veterinary Research 83, 12; 10.2460/ajvr.22.10.0180

Sustainable Lives: Regenerative and Rehabilitative Medicine

Research in regenerative medicine, tissue regeneration, and rehabilitation represents an investment in translational programs to benefit animals and people. Advancements are accelerated through multidisciplinary collaborations with multiple institutions throughout the US. The stem cell laboratory leads research in autogenic, allogenic, and xenogeneic biotherapy. The tissue regeneration laboratory develops novel scaffolds and medical implants to promote regeneration and return to form and function of injured or lost tissues. These laboratories are complemented by rehabilitation experts to aid and improve success rates. Rehabilitation experts are dedicated to the translation of science to practice and have established multiple certificate programs for veterinarians and physical therapists. Researchers actively collaborate with physicians, veterinarians, and scientists across disciplines, medical schools, and centers for the advancement of translational therapies and technologies for use in people and animals.

Want to know more? We encourage you to visit https://vetmed.tennessee.edu/ for more exciting news.

Contributor Notes

Corresponding author: Dr. Anderson (dander48@utk.edu)