Photography credit: Dr. Andy Stringer 



At the College of Veterinary Medicine, we provide a range of global health educational opportunities for veterinary students, from classroom-based lessons to 10-week international research experiences.

Find out more below.


DVM students in Uganda



An increasing human population, urbanization, increasing demand for livestock products and climate change will place greater pressures on the environment, human and animal health. Globally, significant inequalities exist across populations in animal and human health. Tackling these global health challenges effectively will require multidisciplinary approaches with consideration given to the broader systems that encompass health.

Veterinarians play a critical role in improving health on a global scale, particularly in addressing the grand global challenges of the 21st century, such as infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, food security and global health. Veterinary student education must reflect these global challenges, and equip the next generation of veterinarians with the knowledge and skills required to tackle these problems and contribute to the changing needs of society. There has been a growing recognition of the need for improved veterinary education related to issues of global importance.

Whether you want to learn the basics, or complete the Certificate in Global Health, the College of Veterinary Medicine provides a foundation for further study or a future career in global health.


The Pawcast: Navigating the Veterinary Profession

Want to know more about global health and career opportunities for veterinarians? Join Dr. Andy Stringer as he talks to Amy Snyder and Amanda Bates on the Pawcast, the College of Veterinary Medicine’s podcast. 




DVM CURRICULUM: Epidemiology and Public Health (VMP 945)

This section of VMP 945 provides an introduction to global health issues and challenges. The focus of this section will be on global disease burden, health determinants and disparities, global health actors and delivery, and global agriculture and food security. This section will highlight the importance of understanding and addressing global health challenges through inter-multidisciplinary collaboration.


Global Health Trends
  • Global health trends that will impact on the veterinary profession
Global Burden of Disease
  • Overview of communicable and non-communicable diseases
Global Health Actors and Delivery
  • Role and responsibilities of key global health organizations
  • The importance of inter-multidisciplinary collaborations

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Determinants of Disease
  • Social, economic, environmental and political determinants of diseases and relationships with human and animal health.
Global Agriculture and Food Security
  • Livestock and livelihoods
  • Trends and impacts in livestock production/food animal products and trade



For more in-depth study of global health, we offer a wide choice of selectives, including an international, faculty-led selective to Uganda. These selectives are available for all DVM students, but they also form part of the Certificate in Global Health, if you choose to enroll in this program.  


We offer a variety of selectives to help you build a foundation of basic knowledge in global health, and explore specific topics in greater depth.



The Certificate in Global Health is a formal academic certificate for DVM students that examines the complexities inherent in improving health on a global scale.

Certificate in Global Health

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Dr. Andy Stringer | Director of Global Health Education

Dr. Greer Arthur | Global Health Program Specialist

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