“Centre for One Health Education, Advocacy, Research and Training (COHEART)" is a new initiative of Kerala Veterinary and Animal Sciences University to propagate One Health programmes in India and most importantly to meet the global public health challenges of the 21st century. COHEART propagates ‘One Health’ through the unification of medical, veterinary and other allied health professionals and urge them to work together for addressing the world’s most perplexing health problems, using integrated approaches that seamlessly blend the knowledge and strengths of each scientific discipline. A new logo has come embodying a Man, Animal and Nature–with the epicenter of all new ideas and inspirations–“Heart” at its masthead and a catchy acronym “COHEART“ for a concept embedded in the philosophy of “co-existence”.

We cannot continue to endure the global threat of zoonotic diseases. We need to unite human, animal and environmental studies to wrangle zoonotic and infectious diseases. As a part of initiating interdisciplinary and collaborative approach in emerging health issues, the university has launched PG Diploma and PG Certificate programmes in One Health. We, at our University, are very keen to provide vibrant academic environment for enabling students to be creative and capable of accepting challenges of life. We always embrace the values of professionalism, integrity and entrepreneurial acumen.

Understanding the potential impacts and drivers of global health threats –policy options for establishment of One Health capacities at national, regional and global levels is essential. I am confident that the COHEART will bring together various professionals to share and discuss information, opportunities and ideas, and will also provide technical help to various organizations in disseminating One Health for a better future in health care. I hope and wish that this endeavour will leave a lasting institution of value, content and merit that contributes to larger knowledge and achievement in the sphere of Health Sciences and contribute to the world at large.

Dr B Ashok
Vice Chancellor, KVASU