One Health Summer Program
During summer 2020, Colorado State University’s One Health Institute has partnered with PetSmart Charities, the University of Alaska, and the Veterinary Summer Scholars Program (VSSP) to sponsor a One Health Summer Program for interested and motivated veterinary students.
The 8 week summer program builds off of a strong faculty and student interest in making a difference for people, animals, and the environment. Students applied for the summer research program, and twelve inspiring veterinary students were selected to work on One Health projects in three impactful areas: Climate Change, Inclusive Health Collaborative (IHC), and COVID-19.
CSU and partners create One Health summer research program for veterinary medical students
Climate Change Team
I’m a rising third year veterinary student. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and I completed my undergraduate studies at Northern Arizona University (with a year at l’Universite de Bordeaux in France) with Bachelors degrees in Biology and French. My interests in public health, research, and climate change were cemented during my international travels and studies due to an increased appreciation of the importance of worldwide collaboration and my experiences in a five-month internship with a French biomedical research laboratory. I’m excited to be working with this amazing group of students and mentors and, for the second summer in a row, making a difference by studying the impacts of air pollution on animal health.
Brian M. DeFilippo
I am a second year DVM student here at CSU, but I’m originally from San Antonio, Texas. Small animal medicine is my primary interest, especially regarding surgery and internal medicine, and I hope to be involved in clinical and climate-related research throughout my career. My wife and I love going on hikes all over Colorado with our dog, Arthur, and in my free time I enjoy snowboarding, sour beers, and watching football. I’m looking forward to venturing into the uncharted territory of a remote veterinary summer scholars program!
I was born in Bulgaria and immigrated to the USA when I was two years old. Since a young age I have always had a passion for helping animals and the environment, which eventually set me on a path of aspiring to become a wildlife veterinarian. I pursued a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at McGill University, where I had the fortune of being involved with a number of environmentally oriented organizations, including the McGill Outdoors Club and the McGill World Wildlife Fund Club. Incorporating the environment into my future career is essential to me because I feel that humanity is currently at a critical stage in regard to the survival of nature.
I’m a veterinary student at Colorado State University passionate about the inclusion of holistic approaches to how we interact with our planet. Through the One Health initiative, my goals are focused on the integration of animal health, both domestic and wild, into healthy societies and ecosystems. My project specifically focuses on the impacts of climate change on animal health. In my free time, I enjoy all things outdoors, including hiking, biking, and gardening.
I am a third-year veterinary student at CSU CVMBS. My veterinary interests are small animal and equine internal medicine, as well as, clinical pathology. Outside of veterinary medicine, I love hiking, fishing, snowboarding and photography. I am looking forward to investigating the impacts of poor air quality on companion animal health.
I was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. Growing up, I spent the majority of my free time pursuing outdoor hobbies such as hiking, skiing, swimming, traveling, and team sports. These hobbies eventually led me to move to Colorado for my undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Boulder, where I later earned degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology. Combining my passions for animals, science, environmental health, and public policy, I realized veterinary medicine was the perfect career path for me. I am thrilled to be working at the One Health Institute on a project that will further veterinary education on Climate Change and Animal Health.
I am a third year veterinary student with meandering career goals. I grew up in Singapore, but my American roots are in New England. I have three cats, Caspar, Moose, and Space Potato, who are all long haired fluffers. My project this summer focuses on the identifying the unmet veterinary, medical, and mental health needs of people experiencing homelessness in Fort Collins. We will be analyzing some key informant interviews to determine which action items will most benefit our community.
My name is Isabella and I am an incoming third-year veterinary student at CSU, in the combined MPH/DVM program. I am passionate about street, shelter, and international medicine. I am originally from Guatemala and I hope to go back one day to practice there. This summer, I will create a database of pet-friendly homeless shelters in the United State’s 100 most populous cities. I will also design, and hopefully implement, a hotline that individuals experiencing homelessness can access to find the closest pet-friendly resources.
My name is Zack, I am a second year veterinary student. Outside of vet school, my life revolves around my rescue children, my rottweiler Loki and my DSH Java. I am from New Jersey and have spent most of my veterinary career working in a critical care and specialty referral hospital. As far as future career goals go, I am juggling between getting a PhD and following a research path or specializing in internal medicine. In my free time, I enjoy running, playing video and board games, and (maybe one day again) visiting breweries.
I am a soon to be 3rd year veterinary student in the combined MPH/DVM program. I’m interested in several areas of vet med including zoonotic diseases, marine wildlife and surgery. When I am not busy with school I love: getting outside to ski or backpack, cooking and traveling.
My name is Sage, I am a third year vet student, and I’m interested in zoological medicine. I grew up on the East Coast and have been loving getting to know Colorado, hiking, and camping in the mountains. In my free time I enjoy going on runs, binging Netflix, going to breweries, and reading books.
Rachel was born in Colorado Springs CO but has called Fort Collins home for over 5 years now, having completed both her undergraduate degree and 1st year of veterinary school at CSU. She also works as a technician in Urgent Care at the VTH – a job which she is deeply passionate about. In her limited free time, Rachel enjoys running, skiing, camping, and generally frolicking about this magnificent state.