Pyres: 2001 UK FMD Outbreak - Photo: Murdo Macleod.  Slides L-R: Smallpox, SARS Coronavirus , Foot and Mouth Disease, West Nile Virus.
19 October 2004

Contact: Stephen M. Apatow, Director of Research and Development, Humanitarian University Consortium GraduateStudies Center for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Law.  Email:

Dear Colleagues:

I would like to thank the World Veterinary Association, ProMED and FAO Animal Production and Health Division. for their assistance with the International Veterinary Public Health Consortium (IVPHC) initiative.

In the context of IVPHC objective 1 (
advocacy initiatives), I would like to engage veterinary professionals from the grass roots to the association level in the prioritization of global veterinary public health issues.

As ProMED (International Society for Infectious Diseases) serves as a voice for infectious disease related topics via a communication network that reaches upwards upwards of 30,000 physicians, veterinarians and health professionals worldwide, the IVPHC will provide a voice for veterinary medicine that encompasses the expertise to deal with global emerging infectious disease threats (upwards of which 80% are zoonotic).

Effective communication facilitates consensus that action is needed.   Upon need, I have immediate access to networks that include the Humanitarian Resource Institute international agnewswire, UNNGO, UNESCO member organizations, UN diplomatic level, global corporate and media associations (newspaper, radio and television) in approximately 195 countries.

The IVPHC Working Group will provide a platform for
consensus building through expert scientific opinion and advice on current and emerging issues. Veterinary professionals that would like to participate in this working group are asked to submit the following information:

Type of Agency: ___ Education/Research  ___
Other Government/Municipal Agency  ____ Professional Society
Zip Code:
Email Address:

Upon receipt, your email address will be added to a moderated communication network to facilitate
participant contribution, comments and review.  Please direct this information and related communications to


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