The Passion behind
One Health lessons

Meeting the global need. One classroom at a time.

Dr. Deborah Thomson develops One Health lessons for children and adults so that they can understand the inextricable connection between our health and the health of animals, plants, and the environment.

She is passionate about the science field and has taught her One Health lessons in underserved public schools and online. Based on teacher feedback, she has inspired over 2,000 children to consider a future in science. Her lessons have been taught internationally and are being translated into over 75 languages.

Besides developing student lessons (which are delivered virtually or in the classroom), she is a veterinarian, a science policy advisor, a first responder, an award-winning public speaker and musician, and an overall One Health advocate.

Before becoming a veterinarian, she taught music in a primary school and was a full-time instructor of English Language Learners between the ages of 11 and 65. Throughout veterinary school and for years after graduation, she never lost her passion for teaching children. With these lessons, she combines her two passions: One Health and primary/secondary school education.


2021 Spring Interns

Charles Adegbole - Africa Promotions Intern, Nigeria

Charles is a final year veterinary medical student at the University of Ilorin in Nigeria. He is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of humans and animals. He also believes One Health is a solution to the major health issues that people and animals experience; therefore, he has committed himself to spreading the message of One Health. In addition, Charles loves cooking, traveling and meeting new people.

Ahmad Shakoor Bhutta-- Pakistan Promotions/Rotary Club Liaison Intern, Pakistan

Ahmad S Bhutta is a final year veterinary student at the University of Agriculture Faisalabad in Pakistan. His core interests are zoonosis, infectious diseases research, epidemiology, and veterinary public health. Currently, he is volunteering at CLEP, a non-profit organization that works to promote education and simultaneously eradicate child labor. He is also volunteering at Kher-Kun, a non-profit organization dedicated to serve society in the most impactful ways. Apart from these, he is a hobbyist photographer and loves to capture natural landscapes and cityscapes.

Madison Burns— Senior Promotions Intern, USA

Madison Burns is a second-year undergraduate student studying Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is interested in animal welfare, environmental sustainability and eliminating health disparities worldwide. She is currently volunteering with The Hope For Silent Voices Organization, which helps to stop child exploitation in Cambodia. She has dreams of pursuing medical school and bringing underserved communities the comprehensive care they deserve.

Angel Natania Hidayat — Asia Promotions & Language Expansion Intern, Indonesia

Angel is a third-year undergraduate dental student in the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Indonesia and is a member of the International Association of Dental Students. Besides studying dentistry and oral health, she is passionate about teaching and have experience in teaching music to children as well as doing campaigns and raising people’s awareness, particularly regarding One Health.

Ivana Kurian — Toastmasters International Liaison Intern, U.S.A.

Ivana has experience working with individuals and groups in the healthcare, business, tech, law, hospitality and fitness industries. She is passionate about public speaking, coaching, operations & office management and is accomplished at problem solving, independent thinking, collaboration, communication, content creation, product education and sales. She lives in California and has been an active Toastmasters member for years.

Doris Ma - Lesson Leaders & Ambassadors Program Intern, Hong Kong

Doris is a graduating senior at University of California- Berkeley studying Integrative Biology with plans to pursue veterinary medicine. When she’s not researching turtle skulls in the lab or teaching kids, she likes to play badminton, draw, and foster animals in need. She is also an avid music lover, playing the piano, flute, and the ukulele. She is passionate about One Health and animal behavior and wants to dedicate her career to educating the next generation to respect all living beings and to share the planet.

Vanessa Nichols - Social Media & Administrative Intern, Canada

Vanessa is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Medical Science with a specialization in One Health at Western University in Ontario, Canada. She is passionate about and devoted to improving health outcomes for humans, animals as well as the planet, particularly in a sustainable and innovative manner. She loves learning new things about people, places, the sciences and everything in between!

Doğa Nur - Europe/UK Promotions & Language Expansion & Hacettepe Liaison Intern, Turkey

Doğa Nur is a student at Hacettepe Medical School in Ankara, Turkey. She is a motivated science enthusiast with a dream of solving one of humanity’s greatest challenges. She is interested in eliminating health disparities worldwide, creating a sustainable environment and improving animal well-being. She loves all living beings and truly believes that the interdisciplinary approach of one health is the key to overcoming major health crises, all over the world.

Jacob Michael Othieno - Uganda Promotions Intern, Uganda

Jacob is a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Jacob is passionate about the field of health and he is working to create easy-to-use tools like puzzles, flow charts and art to ease the understanding of complicated health concepts. He strives to inspire and educate the next generation while aiming to greatly improve Global Health standards. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

Ahlanna Toms — American Sign Language & Language Expansion Intern, U.S.A.

Ahlanna is from Maryville, Tennessee in the United States. She is an American Sign Language Interpreting Major finishing her last semester of her last year at Maryville College. Ahlanna’s goals after graduation are to grow her connections with the deaf community and pursue a career in interpreting ASL in order to aid in facilitating equal opportunity and access to information.

Caridad Villegas — Americas Promotions Intern, U.S.A.

Caridad is a University of California- Davis graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Animal Science and a Minor in Spanish. She plans to be a veterinarian and is passionate about working alongside communities to enhance awareness about the interconnection between animal, human, and environmental health. When she’s not working on her vet school applications, she loves to travel, listen to Bad Bunny, and post on her one-eyed cat’s Instagram!

Maryam Zakariya - ISOHA and Nigeria Liaison Intern, Nigeria

Maryam Zakariya is a Fifth Year Veterinary medicine student that studies at the University of Ilorin. She is very hardworking, selfless, someone that's willing to learn, open to challenges and ready to make a difference in the World. She likes raising awareness about One Health topics, animal welfare issues and other animal related issues. She also loves educating people and learning from people them too. In her spare time, she may be seen reading inspirational books, novels or educational books. She has great career aspirations and hopes to attain a level where she can exert a great influence in the Veterinary Profession. She has worked with numerous organizations and she is currently working as one of the graphics designers for the International Veterinary Students Association (IVSA) Standing Committee of One Health(SCOH).


2020 Winter Interns

Hristina Crenn - Social Media and UK/Europe/Middle East Promotions Intern, Turkey

Hristina is a student at the Sorbonne Law School (France) and at Ibn Haldun University (Turkey) pursuing a Bachelor of Law and a Double Major in History & Political Science and International Relations, respectively. She is completing an intercontinental and interdisciplinary education in two different countries in order to grasp the divergent perspectives of multicultural civilizations. Her main research interest is focused on the study of women’s contributions in history and legal history on a societal level. She is an active learner of International Law, particularly International Humanitarian Law and Conflict & Peace Studies.

Yifan Shen - Language Expansion Intern/Asia Promotions Intern, Taiwan

Yifan graduated from the University of Rochester in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and a Bachelor of Arts in Business. He was born in Taiwan, raised in China, and attended college in the United States. He is currently applying to veterinary school and aspires to be a small and exotic animal veterinarian. He loves physical activity and the outdoors. In his spare time, he plays tennis, goes rock climbing, and enjoys photographing anything that moves. He is passionate about improving both animal and human lives through collaborative research between veterinarians, physicians, and environmental scientists.

Madison Burns - ISOHA Liaison Intern/ The George Washington University Liaison Intern, USA

Madison Burns is a second-year undergraduate student studying Public Health at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. She is interested in animal welfare, environmental sustainability and eliminating health disparities worldwide. She is currently volunteering with The Hope For Silent Voices Organization, which helps to stop child exploitation in Cambodia. She has dreams of pursuing medical school and bringing underserved communities the comprehensive care they deserve.

Stephanie Phillips – Rotary Club and 1HOPE Liaison Intern/North and South Americas Promotions Intern, USA

Stephanie Phillips is currently pursuing a Master of Public Health at George Washington University, Milken Institute of Public Health. She graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine and has been a practicing veterinarian for more than 20 years. In pursuing a second career in public health, she is a One Health advocate and interested in sustainable agriculture, environmental conservation and zoonotic diseases. In her free time, she likes to hike, bike and camp with her family.

Charles Adegbole - Africa Promotions Intern/ University of Ilorin Liaison Intern, Nigeria

Charles Adegbole is a final-year veterinary student at the University of Ilorin, Nigeria. He is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of both humans and animals. He also believes One Health is the solution to the major health issues worldwide and is committed to spreading the message. Charles loves cooking, traveling and meeting new people.

Juliette Nye - Language Expansion Intern/Tufts University Liaison Intern, USA

Juliette Nye is a student at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine completing a Masters in Conservation Medicine, with the hopes to pursue zoological and conservation veterinary medicine. When she isn't studying or working with animals, Juliette enjoys traveling, hiking, watching nature documentaries, and learning new languages! She is passionate about using the One Health approach to educate others on the interconnectedness of our planet and the importance of interdisciplinary work in solving problems that simultaneously impact animals, humans, and the environment.

Doris Ma - Senior Promotions Intern, Hong Kong

Doris is a graduating senior at University of California- Berkeley studying Integrative Biology with plans to pursue veterinary medicine. When she’s not researching turtle skulls in the lab or teaching kids, she likes to play badminton, draw, and foster animals in need. She is also an avid music lover, playing the piano, flute, and the ukulele. She is passionate about One Health and animal behavior and wants to dedicate her career to educating the next generation to respect all living beings and to share the planet.

Jacob Michael Othieno - Makarere University Liaison Intern, Uganda

Jacob is a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Jacob is passionate about the field of health and he is working to create easy-to-use tools like puzzles, flow charts and art to ease the understanding of complicated health concepts. He strives to inspire and educate the next generation while aiming to greatly improve Global Health standards. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

Vanessa Nichols - Administrative Intern, Canada

Vanessa is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Medical Science with a specialization in One Health at Western University in Ontario, Canada. She is passionate about and devoted to improving health outcomes for humans, animals as well as the planet, particularly in a sustainable and innovative manner. She loves learning new things about people, places, the sciences and everything in between!


2020 Autumn Interns

Korede Adekanye - ISOHA Liaison Intern

Korede graduated from the University of Ilorin in Nigeria in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. He is currently in his second year of medical school at Vinnitsa National Medical University in Ukraine. His interests are in infectious diseases, global health interventions and youth education. Korede is a One Health advocate and understands the need for the One Health approach in tackling complex health problems such as zoonoses and antimicrobial resistance. Korede is a member of the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) and the International Christian Medical Association (ICMA) in Ukraine. In his free time, he likes to play the guitar, cook and watch movies.

Oscar Arac - Senior Promotions Intern

Oscar is a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Environmental Health at Makerere University in Uganda. His area of expertise is in disease prevention and emergency planning in the public health sector. He uses the One Health approach to mitigate public health disasters such as infectious disease outbreaks, food insecurity, and climate change.

Miriam Avila - North America, Latin America and Caribbean Promotions Intern

Miriam is a second-year Master of Public Health student at Kansas State University and her specialty area is Physical Activity. She is passionate about understanding health behaviors and how many factors such as social, environmental and cultural practices influence and shape an individual’s behavior. She loves the idea of educating people and raising awareness about how multiple factors have an effect on their health.

James Natweta Baguma – Social Media and Lions Club Liaison Intern

James is a third-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health at Makerere University’s School of Public Health. He is passionate about ensuring sustainable health for all. He is self-motivated and believes in teamwork in order to achieve goals and objectives. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, sports, photography and meeting new people.

Doris Ma - Senior Promotions Intern, Hong Kong

Doris is a graduating senior at University of California- Berkeley studying Integrative Biology with plans to pursue veterinary medicine. When she’s not researching turtle skulls in the lab or teaching kids, she likes to play badminton, draw, and foster animals in need. She is also an avid music lover, playing the piano, flute, and the ukulele. She is passionate about One Health and animal behavior and wants to dedicate her career to educating the next generation to respect all living beings and to share the planet.

Ian Mujjabi - Economics Intern, Uganda

Ian is a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Makerere University. Ian is also an active member of the Rotaract club, and enjoys participating in community outreach and development. He believes in preparation for the worst, while doing the work necessary to tilt the odds to ensure that the best will happen. He is an aspiring health economist, working towards a future where effects of economic policies on the health sector are strongly regarded before implementation.

Anastacia Nabyonga - Rotary Club Liaison Intern, Uganda

Anastacia is a student of Biomedical Sciences at the College of Health Sciences of Makerere University in Uganda. She sees the world as the beautiful place it has the potential to be. She is creative, a problem-solver and is enthusiastic about community engagement. She is currently serving as the Vice President of the Rotaract Club of Mulago and is the Women’s Affairs Minister at her college in a bid to contribute positively to her community.

Natasha Nakkazi - 1HOPE Liaison Intern, Uganda

Natasha is a second-year cytotechnology student at Makerere University College of Health Sciences. She is passionate about solving health challenges and teaching children. She loves reading, creative problem-solving and youth empowerment. She is self-motivated, open-minded and focused. She loves collaborating with others and expanding her knowledge base.

Vanessa Nichols - Administrative Intern, Canada

Vanessa is a fourth-year undergraduate student studying Medical Science with a specialization in One Health at Western University in Ontario, Canada. She is passionate about and devoted to improving health outcomes for humans, animals as well as the planet, particularly in a sustainable and innovative manner. She loves learning new things about people, places, the sciences and everything in between!

Anxious Niwabiine - Statistics Intern, Uganda

Anxious is an aspiring statistician at Makerere University. He is a second-year undergraduate student, a team player, as well as an enthusiastic leader. He is experienced in data collection, analysis, presentation and dissemination. He aims to be a One Health Champion and is eager to see a positive change in the world.

Malik Olatunde - Blog Intern, Nigeria

Malik is a sixth-year Medical Student, at Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He is also a blogger, writer, researcher, public enthusiast, and mental health advocate. He is currently the West-African Regional Coordinator of Oli Health Magazine Organization (OHMO), Turkey and co-founder of Masaab Academy, Cameroon. Due to his passion for One Health, Malik is a volunteer with the One Health Initiative in Nigeria (OHIN) and a member of the International Student One Health Alliance (ISOHA), under the umbrella of the One Health Commission. His hobbies include traveling, reading, writing, and watching movies.

Jacob Michael Othieno - Global Promotions Intern/Makerere University Liaison Intern

Jacob is a second-year student pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Jacob is passionate about the field of health and he is working to create easy-to-use tools like puzzles, flow charts and art to ease the understanding of complicated health concepts. He strives to inspire and educate the next generation while aiming to greatly improve Global Health standards. As Albert Einstein said, "If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough."

Gabriela Viçosa - Language Expansion Intern, Brazil

Gabriela is a PhD-trained microbiologist and veterinarian with a passion for communicating science and bringing about transformative changes to the lives of others. She has worked on multiple research projects within the field of microbiology, such as food, veterinary, and medical microbiology. She has a genuine passion for learning and sharing knowledge and is also fascinated by the creative process happening at the heart of every human endeavor, from science to art.

Jackson Were - Publications Intern, Uganda

Jackson is a public health enthusiast, and graduated from Makerere University School of Public Health in 2019 with a Bachelor of Environmental Health Science. He also holds certificates in governance and health from Johns Hopkins University, and a certificate in leadership and management in health from the University of Washington. Jackson’s main interests are in health policy and epidemiology. He is passionate about knowledge improvement and societal transformation for better health.


2020 Summer Interns

Olivia Oberholster, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

"Nelson Mandela said that "education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." I consider myself lucky to be involved in a program that works towards educating people about One Health. Humans, animals, and the environment are strongly connected and educating people about that connection can have an incredible impact on our world."

Karla López, Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador

“One Health is an opportunity for all of us to change our lives completely and finally reach a sustainable world. We must always keep a One Health-One World mindset to coexist and respect every living being on this planet and in the ecosystem that surrounds us.”


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A special thanks goes to Dr. Kyle Novak, mathematician and member of the Noun Project, who designed the One Health Lessons logo.