Michelle Lem is the founder of an innovative community outreach charity in Canada. Its veterinary volunteers care for the animals of homeless and vulnerable people. At the same time, its human health partners provide preventative health care, education and support to their owners. The charity now runs programs in eight communities across Canada, including Toronto, and has recently received non-profit status in the US as Community Veterinary Outreach USA.
Professor Mike Lappin, WSAVA One Health Committee Chair says: “The combination of the veterinary care offered to animals with the preventative health care offered to their vulnerable owners makes Community Veterinary Outreach a very powerful One Health initiative. She is a worthy winner of this year’s Global One Health Award.
“We congratulate Michelle on helping to spread the One Health message and leading by example. Having seen the benefits delivered by her charity, we hope to work with her to bring the Community Veterinary Outreach concept to a global audience, and so provide a positive benefit to animals, individuals and society.”