1st Edition

Climate Change and Animal Health

Edited By Craig Stephen, Colleen Duncan Copyright 2023
    334 Pages 35 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    334 Pages 35 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    334 Pages 35 Color & 30 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This benchmark publication assembles information on the current and anticipated effects of climate change on animal health. It empowers educators, managers, practitioners, and researchers by providing evidence, experience, and opinions on what we need to do to prepare for, and cope with, the largest threat ever to have faced animals on this planet. With expert contributors from across the globe, the text equips the reader with information and means to develop sustainable adaptation or mitigation actions.

    After introducing animal health in a climate change context, chapters look at specific animal health impacts arising from climate change. The book concludes with suggestions on teachable and actionable ideas that could be used to mobilize concepts provided into education or advocacy.

    This book was written amid the COVID-19 pandemic and in the face of ever-increasing reports of on-the-ground, real-life climate impacts. Large scale wildfire and ocean heat waves killed unprecedented numbers of animals, while droughts in some areas and floods in others displaced thousands of livestock and made food scarce for even more. Climate change is real, and it is here. How we respond will have profound implications for people, biodiversity, welfare, conservation, societies, economies, and ecosystems.

    Today's veterinary educators are awakening to the need to adapt and train a new generation of animal health professionals who can understand and plan for climate change, and this book is an essential resource.

    Chapter 1: An Introduction to Current Climate Projections and Their Use in Climate Impacts Research

    Jeremy S. Littell

    Chapter 2: Overview of climate change and animal health

    Craig Stephen

    Chapter 3: Climate change action: An overview

    Craig Stephen

    Chapter 4: The Study and Classification of Climate Associated Disease in Animals

    Colleen Duncan, Michelle Dennis, Cheryl Sangster

    Chapter 5: Climate change and the determinants of animal health

    Carrie McMullen, Jane Parmley, Craig Stephen

    Chapter 6: Finding a path through complexity; embedding the science of climate change in the study of animal infectious diseases

    Simone Vitali, Bethany Jackson

    Chapter 7: Zoonoses

    Nick H. Ogden

    L. Robbin Lindsay

    Michael A. Drebot

    Chapter 8: Interactions between climate change and contaminants

    Julia E. Baak, Rose M. Lacombe, Emily S. Choy, Kyle H. Elliott, John E. Elliott

    Chapter 9: Climate change related hazards and disasters: An unrelenting threat to animal and ecosystem health

    Christa A. Gallagher, Jimmy Tickel

    Chapter 10: An introduction to the economics of climate change and animal health

    Gregory Graff, Benjamin Nordbrook, Andrew Seidl

    Chapter 11: The international response to animal health and climate change

    Maud Carron, Tianna Brand, Sophie Muset, Keith Hamilton, Chadia Wannous, François Diaz, Guillaume Belot, Stéphane de la Rocque, Julio Pinto, Delia Grace Randolph, Ahmed. H. El Idrissi

    Chapter 12: Preparing for the unanticipated

    Craig Stephen

    Chapter 13: Climate change and animal health - the role of surveillance systems

    Katie Steneroden, Colleen Duncan, Craig Stephen

    Chapter 14: Climate change leadership: team building, change agents, planning, strategy

    Tim K. Takaro

    Chapter 15: Hope for Health in the Anthropocene

    Chris G Buse, Maxwell J Smith, Diego S. Silva

    Chapter 16: Education to Protect Animal Health in a Changing Climate

    Will Sander, Colleen Duncan

    Chapter 17: Protecting Animal Health in our Changing Climate: Key Messages

    Craig Stephen, Colleen Duncan


    Craig Stephen is a veterinarian and epidemiologist who has worked at the interface of human, animal, and environmental health for 30 years. His work evolved from finding and describing emerging environmental threats around the globe, to helping build the circumstances that allow for interspecies and intergenerational health equity. Craig has held a variety of One Health leadership positions including being the founding president and director of the Centre for Coastal Health, the scientific director of the Animal Determinants of Emerging Diseases Research Network, the Scientific Director of the British Columbia Occupational and Environmental Health Network, a Canada Research Chair in Integrating Human and Animal Health and most recently, the founding President of a new think tank striving to ‘future-ready" animal health professionals. He edited and co-wrote the books "Animals, Health, and Society: Health Promotion, Harm Reduction, and Health Equity in a One Health World" and ‘Wildlife Population Health". He co-edited "One Health: The Theory and Practice of Integrated Health Approaches." Dr. Stephen has over 200 peer-reviewed and technical reports. He currently operates a One Health and EcoHealth practice while retaining Clinical Professorships at the School of Population and Public Health (University of British Columbia) and School of Veterinary Medicine (Ross University).

    Colleen Duncan is personally and professional committed to sustainability and education. Dual specialized in both veterinary anatomic pathology (ACVP) and epidemiology (PhD, ACVPM) she has worked in both diagnostics and research on a wide range of species and diseases. Colleen is on the veterinary faculty at Colorado State University and affiliated with the Colorado School of Public Health, the One Health Institute and the School of Global Environmental Sustainability. Her current efforts include the study of animal health impacts associated with climate change, the protection of animal health from environmental harms and identifying ways to minimize the environmental impact of veterinary care.

    "Facing the uncertainty, ambiguity, and complexity of climate change requires sustainable action by the animal health community. Craig Stephen and Colleen Duncan’s outstanding volume will promote interest among animal health professionals. The expertise contained within these pages will put vital knowledge into the hands of those who confront the unprecedented challenges posed by climate change."

    Leslie Irvine, Ph.D., Department of Sociology, University of Colorado Boulder, USA