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Hello everyone!

My name is Gaël Lamielle and I am a veterinarian pursuing a career in public health.

Why public health you ask? (And I know you will ask, because I’ve been asked that many times)

Well a lot of people think that veterinarian and a public health professional are 2 distinct fields and they believe I have to leave my veterinary career behind to step into public health.

At the clinic with Effie, perhaps the strangest cat in the world

Public health is a very broad topic and there are many angles to which one can approach it. Veterinarians are in fact very intimately connected to public health, in virtually every aspect of their work. Even a local small animal practitioner is a public health advocate by vaccinating pets, or treating them against diseases such as parasite Toxacara for example, which is very common in cats and dogs, but can cause serious illness in people.

Veterinary public health promotes public health from the animal perspective. It recognizes the inherent interdependence between humans and animals. For more about this idea, check out the About One Health post.

A little bit about me, I was born and raised in Lyon, France and I later moved to the USA. I became a veterinarian in 2009 after attending Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California.

Throughout my studies, I was exposed to public and global health through projects in Latin America as well as wildlife medicine in South Africa.

Intramuscular antibiotics administration in an immobilized springbok in South Africa

I was also an active member of the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA), probably the best association in the world (but maybe I’m biased…), where I made great friends and where I learned to recognize the different challenges in learning and practicing veterinary medicine throughout the world. Check out their website at: www.ivsa.org.

Since I graduated, I have been working part-time at a small animal clinic in Southern California as well as at Western University. I also recently completed a Masters in Public Health (MPH) with University of Minnesota. In the future, I hope to continue promoting global veterinary public health and I would like to work for global public health organizations such as the CDC, OIE or WHO. We shall see…

With this website, I hope to promote the perspective of the veterinarian in addressing public health issues and share experiences on a local and international level. Let me know what you think.


Gaël Lamielle, DVM, MPH, Dipl. ACVPM


  1. Hi Gael,
    Greetings from Nigeria.
    I am an Epizootiologist (Veterinary Epidemiologist) and Lecturer at the Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan. I am presently on sabbatical leave serving with the AFENET/NFELTP/ CDC-Nigeria Animal-Human Interface Project.
    I am presently organizing a collaborative working group to review existing and recommended One Health curricula and course content of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program NFELTP. NFELTP is the first program of its kind to integrate a One Health approach to field epidemiology training by recruiting a specified number of veterinarians to the program each year and administering a core curriculum comprised of classes that address public health at the human-animal-environment interface.
    I find your blog very impressive and relevant to the One Health Concept approach and intend to use it as a reference working document for the collaborative working group meeting been planned for November 2011.
    Kudos and keep it up.
    Dr Olutayo Babalobi,
    List Creator OneHealthNigeria@google.com

  2. Hi Dr. Babalobi, you can definitely use the material on the website for your work as long as it’s cited. Thank you very much for your encouraging comments and good luck with your initiative in Nigeria.

    • Thank you glamielle. I will keep you updated and acknowledged accordingly.
      Keep up the good work and the Lord bless your efforts beyond you capacity and limitations in Jesus name.

  3. Dear Dr. Babalobi,

    I thank you very much for your kind comments regarding my website once again and I’m very happy that people are interested in my experiences. I believe that it is very important to educate others about One Health efforts and I hope my website does this.

    I was very interested in your work and I would like to know more about your efforts to apply One Health principles in Nigeria. I am always trying to broaden my public health and One Health experience and I will be taking a few months off in the spring. I was wondering if there was any possibility for me to participate in your work in Nigeria or gain experience with AFENET.

    Please let me know if there is such an opportunity and I hope you have a great day.


  4. Hi Gael,
    It is a pleasure reading from you again shortly after our last interaction.
    My efforts to apply One Health principles to Nigeria dates back to 2008, when I sponsored a proposal during the annual congress of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association NVMA to adopt the One Health Concept. The which was adopted. Unfortunately, there was no follow up to a second proposal for the NVMA to reach out to our Nigerian Medical Association NMA colleagues on the One Health.
    I revived my One Health advocacy in Nigeria in June this year by creating the onehealthnigeria@googlegroups.com. OHN egroup is an interactive email discussion forum created to actively promote the One Health Initiative (http://www.onehealthinitiative.com) in Nigeria. The email group has at present 159 members from medical, veterinary and allied professions; and has exchanged 470 messages to date. You are invited to subscribe if you wish to follow OHN egroup activities in Nigeria.
    One result of the OHN egroup is an ongoing effort to have a central coordinating office for OHN in Nigeria. This is being spearheaded by myself and Dr Nasidi, the Project Director of the newly created Nigerian CDC. We are in the process of extensive consultation with various key stake-holders in this regard, hoping we will soon be having a National Summit on One Health in Nigeria.
    Simultaneously during my ongoing sabbatical leave, I am presently organizing a collaborative working group meeting to review existing and recommended global One Health curricula and course content, including that of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program NFELTP, the first program of its kind to integrate a One Health approach to field epidemiology training. The goal is not only to recommend the upgrading of the NFELTP One Health curriculum, but ultimately to create a One Health curriculum and standardized course content that may be used by AFENET for establishing additional One Health training programs in Africa.
    The easiest way to participate in the present work is to subscribe to the OHN e-mail group and participate its online discussions. I will send you an invitation for you to respond to immediately after I post this mail tonight. After subscription, you can also participate online in the collaborative working group to review existing and recommended global One Health curricula and course content aiming to create a One Health curriculum and standardized course content that may be used by AFENET for establishing additional One Health training programs in Africa. Incidentally, the facilitator of the working group, Dr Lora Davis of the CDC-Nigeria Animal:Human Interface Project, with whom I am serving my sabbatical leave, recommended we have two members of the OHN egroup on the working group; and you can be one of the two if you subscribe this weekend.
    Welcome on board.
    —Tayo Babalobi DVM, MPVM, PhD; FCVSN.
    GSM Nos: +234-816-753-8536; +234-805-530-1991
    List-Creator, onehealthnigeria@googlegroups.com;
    Veterinary Moderator, ProMED EAFR (Anglophone/English-speaking Africa) To subscribe to ProMED-EAFR, visit
    Alive by His Grace for His Purpose
    –One Health quotation: “Man’s fate is like that of the animals; the same fate
    awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have the same
    breath; man has no advantage over the animal…”- King Solomon
    (Ecclesiastes 3.19).

  5. Gael Lamielle,
    Please send your email address to me tayobabalobi@gmail.com ASAP to enable me post your invitation to jointhe OHNegroup.
    tayo Babalobi

  6. Good. Follow ur heart. U r on the right track.

    -Dr femi Oboye (DVM)

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