However, as it turned out, Takashima has gotten an animal medical center that has far exceeded his original plans. Instead of just having a bigger, better version of Parkway Veterinary Hospital, which he founded 27 years ago in Lake Oswego, Takashima has been joined by five other animal medical treatment specialists.
Setting the One Health Agenda and the Human-Companion Animal Bond
The concept of “One Health” calls for the close integration of human, animal, environmental and ecosystem health. The first inklings of such an association can be traced back to the early days of the ancients, where healers often treated both humans and animals. In the 11th–13th centuries, the Chinese maintained a collaborative health program for both humans and animals. Later, in 18th century France, Claude Bourgelat, considered the father of veterinary education, recommended the comparative approach to human and animal medical science. In the 19th century, with the dawn of microbiology and cellular pathology, scientists such as Rudolf Virchow also advocated a comparative approach to link veterinary and human medicine. After this time, both human and veterinary medicine appeared to pursue separate paths and little interdisciplinary cooperation was noted in the early 20th century. Even though the term “one medicine” had been proposed sometime earlier, it was Calvin Schwabe’s recognition in 1976, of the close association between animal and human medicine that brings us to our current status of One Health.
The first case of rabies in Oregon for 2014 has been confirmed in Lane County, as announced today by the Lane County Public Health. “All pet owners should make certain their dogs and cats are vaccinated against rabies. When our pets are protected from rabies, it provides a buffer zone of immune animals between humans and rabid wild animals such as foxes,” said Lane County Communicable Disease Supervisor, Cindy Morgan.
To check your records or schedule your pet’s vaccination please give us a call at 503-636-2102 today.
With Memorial Day behind us it is important to recognize the unsung heroes of our nation’s armed forces: the war dogs. These highly specialized K9 units seek out and identify improvised explosive devices (IED) for their human counterparts, allowing them to be disarmed and removed safely. The bond is especially strong between dog and handler; a relationship that soldiers lives depend on. This article follows the journey of Marine Corporal Jose Armenta and his German shepherd partner Zenit from their rigorous training, to their harrowing battlefield experiences and beyond.
It’s stories like this that remind us of the significance of animal companionship. The connection between owner and pet, or soldier and his canine partner, runs deep within us, becoming an integral part of our daily lives. As veterinarians it is both a source of pride and incredibly humbling to do our part to keep these bonds strong and long lasting.
The veterinary community, pet owners and the public at large have come to recognize the significance of the human-animal bond in our lives. As Gregg Takashima, DVM, Parkway Veterinary Hospital, Lake Oswego, Ore., and president-elect of the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians, tells our editors, “We’ve moved from intuition-based ideas [about the bond], to anecdotal, and now to evidence-based research about the understanding and value of the bond.”
The Veterinarian of the Year award is given to a veterinarian who has made outstanding contributions to the profession through service to local, state and/or national organizations.
For someone who started out with an interest in oceanography, Dr. Gregg Takashima has done pretty well as a companion animal practitioner and as the owner of Parkway Veterinary Hospital in Lake Oswego.
As part of his graduate studies in marine ecology, Dr. Takashima conducted research at SeaWorld and the Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Because he missed interacting with people, he soon charted a new course – one that led to his graduating from the veterinary program at the University of Minnesota.
Throughout his career in veterinary medicine, Dr. Takashima has promoted the importance of the practice team and the value of veterinary professionals as caretakers of the human-animal bond. He continues carrying this banner as current president of the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) – an organization in which he has served as both a board director and now as an officer.
Dr. Takashima’s involvement with organized veterinary medicine extends beyond his representation with AAHA. He is the current U.S. delegate to the World Small Animal Veterinary Association, and he is the Immediate Past Chair of The Delta Society’s Board of Directors. In addition, he is a board member with the American Association of Human-Animal Bond Veterinarians.
Dr. Takashima has also been active in local organizations. Earlier in his career, he was president of the Portland Veterinary Medical Association and president of the Dove Lewis Memorial Emergency and Critical Care Animal Hospital.
Whether it has been at the local, the national or the international level, Dr. Takashima has been dedicated to the cause of animals and excellence in veterinary medicine. We are grateful for his contributions to both.