One Health Stories

One Health is present throughout Colorado State University. Travel across campus – from benchtop to exam room – to learn where One Health and research meet.

Clinical and Translational Science Award: One Health Alliance (COHA)

COHA is a consortium of 15 veterinary colleges associated with regional academic medical center partners.  COHA’s mission is to advance our understanding of diseases shared by humans and animals. The alliance leverages the expertise of physicians, research scientists, veterinarians, and other professionals to find solutions for medical problems and to address the well-being of humans, animals, and the environment. This approach will capitalize on One Health opportunities that accelerate translational research.

Natural Animal Models

Many diseases of dogs, cats, horses and other companion animals are similar to diseases in people.  For example, dogs, cats and horses often get similar types of cancers as people do since animals share much of our biology, environment, and exposures.  Accordingly, studying these “natural animal models of disease” can not only find better ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases of animals, but can provide great benefits for treatment of the same condition in humans.

One Health Success Stories

The people behind the research. Read about how researchers structure their projects and bring together transdisciplinary teams.

Lizzy Garcia Creighton

Lizzy Garcia Creighton

Elizabeth, or Lizzy, graduated from Lawrence University with a degree in biology and biochemistry. Her research interests are broad and include immunology, neuroscience, and the impact of the microbiome on health and disease. She is currently working for OneHealth and volunteering as she applies to medical schools.

Kara Billington

Kara Billington

Kara is an incoming first year DVM student at Colorado State University. She has worked at several small animal veterinary clinics in Colorado for the past six years. She is writing articles for the One Health Initiative comparing diseases in humans and companion animals

Raegan Petch

Raegan is a fourth year undergraduate student at Colorado State University, studying microbiology with a minor in Spanish. Outside of OHI, she is an undergraduate researcher in Dr. Sue VandeWoude’s lab, the editor-in-chief at the university’s Journal for Undergraduate Research, and a teaching assistant for organic chemistry and a first year biomedical sciences seminar. When she’s not working or studying, she can be found hiking, playing disc golf, or working tirelessly on applications to combined PhD/DVM programs.