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State Animal Health Division Names One Health Program Director | Agriculture

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NASHVILLE – The Animal Health Division of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture introduced Dr. Alexa McCourt as director of the One Health program.

One Health is a collaborative effort amongst veterinarians, physicians, environmental scientists, public well being professionals, and others to handle well being challenges that have an effect on folks, animals, vegetation, and the atmosphere. McCourt will oversee the division’s position in bettering communication and outcomes for quite a lot of well being issues, together with rising infectious ailments, antibiotic resistance and emergency preparedness.

“The One Health approach recognizes that the health of people is closely connected to the health of animals and our shared environment,” State Veterinarian Dr. Samantha Beaty mentioned. “As a veterinarian, Dr. McCourt is well-versed in these principles. She will provide education and outreach and work with experts in other state departments and veterinarians to optimize the One Health structure to benefit us all.”

“Success of the One Health program hinges on communication across all health-related disciplines,” Dr. McCourt mentioned. “I look forward to engaging across networks to share valuable information and promote One Health goals. It’s essential for people to understand the impact human, animal and environmental health have on one another.”

McCourt will act as a liaison with different One Health companions, together with the Tennessee Departments of Health and Environment and Conservation, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tutorial establishments, and extension companies.

In March of 2021, McCourt joined the Department of Agriculture as a employees veterinarian chargeable for participating with stakeholders concerning animal well being in Tennessee, planning for animal-related disasters and emergencies, collaborating to implement state animal well being applications, monitoring animal regulatory points and motion, and growing outreach assets for livestock well being and welfare.

McCourt earned her animal science bachelor of science diploma and her physician of veterinary medication from Cornell University in New York. Before shifting to Tennessee, she was an affiliate veterinarian at Bovine Veterinary Services in Dexter, New Mexico.