“One Health is the collaborative effort of multiple health science professions, together with their related disciplines and institutions – working locally, nationally, and globally – to attain optimal health for people, domestic animals, wildlife, plants, and our environment.” One Health Commission.
One Health is one of six signature areas of research at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Dell’s Chair builds on the concept of zooeyia, an essential component of One Health, and defined as “the positive benefits to human health from interacting with animals, focusing on the companion animal” Hodgson and Darling, 2011. Dr. Dell views the environment from a social, built and ecological standpoint and draws attention to animal welfare in her work. To learn more about this approach, you can listen to Dr. Dell here and review the following:
C. Dell & Anna-Belle (St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog). [by Anna-Belle the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog, as interpreted by her handler, Colleen Anne Dell]. 2015. “Questioning ‘Fluffy’: A Dog’s Eye View of Animal-Assisted Interventions (AAI) in the Treatment of Substance Misuse”. Substance Use & Misuse. 50(0): 1148-1152.
D. Chalmers & C. Dell. 2015. “Applying One Health to the Study of Animal Assisted Interventions”. EcoHealth Journal. 12(4): 560-562.