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  • PACC teams up with U of A for innovative graduate class

    Sep 07, 2018 | Read More News
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    Students in orientationPima Animal Care Center is partnering with the University of Arizona’s College of Public Health to allow graduate students to conduct on-the-ground research projects at PACC as part of their One Health coursework.

    The One Health program focuses on an integrated assessment of health issues through the consideration of human, animal, and environmental aspects to address complex disease systems.

    “We’re thrilled about this opportunity to pair up graduate students with PACC staff in order to save more lives and create even better programs at PACC. The students are all signing up as volunteers so this is a win-win for PACC and the U of A,” says PACC Director of Animal Services, Kristen Auerbach.

    Students taking this course will look at particular PACC initiatives and programs in order to gain a better understanding of how these programs operate and their effectiveness when it comes to serving animals and people, as well as protecting and supporting overall public health.This innovative program will focus on several areas including:

    Evaluation of call-line data: This will be an examination of the types of calls coming into PACC. Students will look at the amount of calls, the time of day the calls are made and other factors to see if there are patterns in the type of requests from our community. 

    Infection Control: The graduate students working on this project will take a look at the diseases and infections of animals being processed into the shelter to see what areas in Pima County are in greatest need of help. They will also look at the way these type of illnesses are treated. 

    Foster Care: This part of the program focuses on data about the groups and individuals involved in the foster program. 

    Primavera Go-Kits for the homeless community: PACC has teamed up with Primavera to provide pet owners facing homelessness with “Go Kits” for their pets. The kits have dog food, booties, bowls, treats, leashes and more. The students participating in the One Health course will look at the condition of the animals, what their owners say they need help with, and how this program might work for different organizations.

    Intake Data: This will include a survey that can help determine additional information on pets and owners like demographics, breed, vaccinations, and more.

    The One Health course, taught by Dr. Kristen Pogreba-Brown and Dr. Kate Ellingson is aimed at teaching students about the complex relationships between humans, animals, and the environment for everything from infectious diseases to the importance of the human-animal interaction in various aspects of health and well-being. 

    “We are so excited to be partnering with PACC for this project! We are able to expose students to a new paradigm of animal and human welfare being championed by the leaders at PACC,” says Dr. Pogreba-Brown. “It also fulfills the mission of our college to work hand-in-hand with the community to address important public health issues. And telling students they get to spend some of their class time with dogs and cats certainly increased their excitement as well!”

    The Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health launched a new Master’s in Public Health degree program with an emphasis in One Health in 2017. This is one of the few programs like this in the country.

    The shelter is located at 4000 N. Silverbell Road. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends.