Craig Stephen has been working at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health for over 25 years. He most recently was a Professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and a Clinical Professor at the School of Population and Public Health at the University of British Columbia. He has held a variety of adjunct and affiliate academic positions including as an adjunct professor at the Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. Craig is a veterinarian and epidemiologist who has held a variety of One Health leadership positions including being the founding president and director of the Centre for Coastal Health, the scientific director of the Animal Determinants of Emerging Diseases Research Network, the Scientific Director of the British Columbia Occupational and Environmental Health Network, a Canada Research Chair in Integrating Human and Animal Health and the CEO of the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. His work has focussed on applying population health principles to a variety of human, wildlife, fish and domestic animal populations dealing with issue from food sustainability and poverty reduction to conservation to emerging environmental threats.
Animals, Health and Society is the perfect book for this moment in time-one of those rare moments when we have an opportunity to collectively and collaboratively reframe destruction into creative destruction and reorganization. Where some see only ends, these authors would have us consider beginnings. This book should be required reading for any aspiring physicians, veterinarians, natural resource managers and public health workers. -- David Waltner-Toews BSc DVM PhD, Professor Emeritus of Population Medicine, University of Guelph Dr. Craig Stephen's Animals, Health and Society is a must read for anyone interested in One Health - which should be all of us. Instead of dwelling on the doom of climate change, the book is a call to action by outlining both the theoretical and practical approaches to improve our health, the health of animals, and the health of the world around us; and how the connection between the three will move us forward. The book outlines how One Health thinking is capable of solving a complex range of problems such as living with city rats, antimicrobial resistance, and the St. Kitts monkey problem , among many others. Readers are guided through complex issues of climate change, human equity, and cultural considerations and are given practical tips on affecting real change in our world. -- Alexandra Protopopova, NSERC/BC SPCA Industrial Research Chair in Animal Welfare and Assistant Professor, Animal Welfare Program, The University of British Columbia