DISASTER RESEARCH WORKING GROUP
Dr. Christa A. Gallagher
Phone: 1 (869) 465-4161 ext. 401-1166
RUSVM Disaster Research Working Group
Get involved in research designed to improve the resiliency of animals, people, and the environment in the face of disaster adversity.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine recognizes the growing need for improved resilience in the face of disasters, and the important contributions of the veterinary field in these efforts. As part of our efforts in the Caribbean, we have launched the Disaster Research Working Group (DRWG) to aid with disaster management, medicine, and education within the region.
WHY IT MATTERS
Whether they occur as natural phenomenon, or have man-made causes, disasters affect millions of people and animals worldwide and the environment we share. The incline in these occurrences has created a sense of urgency to ensure preparedness, response, and resilience to aid in disaster management and relief. As such, there are many research needs as global societies continue to be challenged by more frequent and impactful natural and anthropogenic disasters.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine’s DRWG elevates the understanding, knowledge, and capacity to prepare for and respond to disasters both regionally and globally by conducting well-designed One Health research projects in disaster management, medicine, and education.
Veterinary and One Health disaster management and medicine are growing fields. As such, there is identifiable space for veterinary inclusion to address disaster challenges through a holistic One Health Approach.
The DRWG’s vision is to support communities in the Caribbean with strong institutional guidance in developing and strengthening One Health disaster programs, while producing high impact One Health research in the disaster management and medicine fields. Our research spans across many disciplines, in collaboration with allied medical schools, other regional institutions, and One Health disaster colleagues globally.
Our research focuses on:
- Developing and enhancing a culture of health, safety, and resilience
- Improving hazard risk assessment and early warning systems
- Community driven disaster risk reduction
- One Health disaster preparation, response, and recovery
- Methods of inclusion of animal health and safety in disaster preparation
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
The DRWG welcomes Ross Vet DVM and Postgraduate students to actively participate in research surrounding the theory and application of disaster management and medicine. For more information on the DRWG, or to get involved, please email Dr. Christa A. Gallagher at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine’s DRWG is proud to partner with the following organizations: