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About the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia

Lincoln Memorial University-College of Veterinary Medicine (LMU-CVM) formed the Center for Animal Health in Appalachia (CAHA) at the DeBusk Veterinary Teaching Center in Harrogate, TN and Lee County, Virginia, to focus on animal and public health issues in Appalachia. Our veterinary school is devoted to the mission of improving animal and human healthcare in the Appalachian region. The mission of CAHA is to improve animal health and public health in the Appalachian region through five initiatives.

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Mission

CAHA Mission

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1. Conferences, workshops and training programs to raise awareness and advance knowledge of animal and public health issues. CAHA will host an annual conference each October starting in 2015.

2. Through LMU-CVM, CAHA will provide veterinary students from LMU-CVM and other schools with the opportunity to earn a Rural Animal Practice Certificate, combining:

a) in-house and hands-on training in mixed animal medicine, surgery, veterinary business practices and communications;

b) public health training in one health;

c) clinical placements in private and public practices in Appalachia; and

d) focused training in mixed animal veterinary business practices

  • Certificate graduates who enter or start practices in rural Appalachia will qualify for financial assistance to launch their practices through a network of funding sources: VMLRP; Veterinary Service Provider Grants; Industry; AVMA Diversity programs; HRSA Title VII; Appalachian Regional Commission; Virginia Tobacco Commission; State veterinary student loan repayment programs.

3. Community educational programs for Appalachian residents, farmers, veterinarians and others using the LMU-CVM facilities and online

4. Public education and advocacy on animal health and public health issues affecting the Appalachian region

5. Research and research-funding support related to Appalachian Animal Health and Public Health, including annual publication of the State of Animal Health in Appalachia

CAHA Press Release