Our team is focused on the animal health impacts of a changing environment. Climate change has been identified as a leading health threat of the 21st century, and the veterinary community needs to be equipped to address this emerging issue. We are a group of students, staff, and faculty at Colorado State University who are working with a diverse, global network of animal health professionals. Our program has three pillars: research, education, and action. Through our work we seek to equip people with the tools they need to protect the health of animals and the environment that sustains them.
The Veterinary Climate Action & Sustainability Talks are stories about how the environment influences animal health. Created by an epic team of Colorado State University Veterinary students, these episodes seek to expand your knowledge and inspire you to take action to protect animal health.view project
The Air We Share
Wildfires and other air pollutants are a health risk for animals and people alike. We are collaborating with faculty across campus to better understand these impacts and take action so everyone can breathe a little easier.view project
Sustainability Advocacy in Veterinary Education (SAVE)
Animal health professionals in training and in practice are interested in learning about the animal health impacts of climate change. Our online program seeks to educate and build community around this important topic.view project
Animal Health Advocates in a Changing Climate Symposium
This student-run conference covers a range of topics and seeks to empower animal health professionals to take action on the topic of climate changeview project
Empowering Veterinarians to Be Planetary Health Stewards Through Policy and Practice
Kiran D, Sander WE, Duncan CG. (2022).
Front. Vet. Sci, Vol7 | doi: 10.3389/fvets.2022.775411
A Systematic Review of Environmental Sustainability in Veterinary Practice
Koytcheva, MK, Sauerwein, LK, Webb, TL, Baumgarn, SA, Skeels, SA, Duncan, CG. (2021).
TCAM | doi: 10.1016/j.tcam.2021.100550
Environmental Sustainability in Veterinary Medicine: An Opportunity for Teaching Hospitals.
Schiavone, SCM, Smith, SM, Mazariegos, I, Salomon, M, Webb, TL, Carpenter, MJ, Baumgarn, S, Duncan, CG. (2021).
JVME | doi: 10.3138/jvme-2020-0125
Preparing Veterinarians to Address the Health Impacts of Climate Change: Student Perceptions, Knowledge Gaps and Opportunities.
Pollard, AE, Rowlison, DL, Kohnen, A, McGuffin, K, Geldert, C, Kramer, C, MacDonald, L, Kastendieck, EG, Sekhon, SS, Carpenter, M, Duncan, CG. (2020).
JVME | doi: 10.3138/jvme-2019-0080
Veterinarians in a Changing Global Climate: Educational Disconnect and a Path Forward.
Kramer CG, McCaw, KA, Zarestky, J, Duncan, CG. (2020).
Front. Vet. Sci, Vol7 | doi: 10.3389/fvets.2020.613620
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The first faculty member from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences to attend the summit, Colleen Duncan is passionate about understanding the health impacts of a changing climate and eager to help the CSU and the veterinary community take action.
Climate change is a global issue, but the specific health effects on pets, livestock, and wildlife vary widely by geographic region. Dr. Duncan details a variety of pathways in which animals are commonly affected.
Spurred by horse owners’ concerns about their effects on air quality, as well as the impact of air quality on horses in general, researchers launched the BREATHE (Better Racing and Exercise in Air That Horses Enjoy) project.
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