Animals, Diseases, and Human Health
Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future
by Radford G. Davis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, Editor
October 2011, 286pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-0-313-38529-2
$65, £50, 57€, A90
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In the United States, 37 percent of homes have dogs and 32 percent have cats, totaling over 150 million canine and feline pets. There are also millions of pet birds, “pocket pets,” reptiles, and other exotic species kept within our residences. Alarmingly, 75 percent of new diseases emerging are zoonotic afflictions—diseases that are transmitted from animals to people.

This book explains how animals shape our lives and our health, providing evidence that a 'One Health' approach is the only logical methodology for advancing human health in the future.

Modern research shows us that disease and health of animals and people are intrinsically connected. The condition of the environment we share with animals is now understood to be a primary factor in establishing the health of both humans and animals. This concept is the basis of the One Health movement, which strives to expand interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans and animals worldwide.

Animals, Diseases, and Human Health: Shaping Our Lives Now and in the Future is written by leading experts in their fields and is centered around topics that are most relevant to the overlap and connection of animal and human health. Topics covered include human health concerns derived from animals such as allergies and dog bites, global concerns of emerging diseases and pandemics, wildlife smuggling, animal abuse, and common diseases that can stem from popular household pets. Social issues—such as the connection between animal abuse and human violence—are also examined.


  • Contains illustrations and photographs to accompany the text
  • Includes a bibliography with most chapters
  • Features a sidebar in each chapter that presents interesting facts not found elsewhere in the chapter
  • Serves as a ready reference for pet owners as well as a text for high school and college students focused on animal science and health, public health, veterinary medicine, biology, microbiology, and virology
Radford G. Davis, DVM, MPH, DACVPM, is a diplomate in the Amercian College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and associate professor of public health in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University, Ames, IA. Davis consults, teaches, and leads training programs in the areas of zoonoses, bioterrorism, and public health and has several publications in these same fields. His published works include the article "Agricultural Bioterrorism" and the chapter "Agroterrorism: Need for Awareness" within the book Perspectives in World Food and Agriculture 2004.


"Well within the reach of general readers, it will be a useful reference for undergraduate students interested in biology, health and disease, animal science, and the One Health initiative (which explores the interconnected aspects of animal, human, and environmental health issues)."—Choice, May 1, 2012
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