ANIMAL ACRES is a veterinary clinical initiative dedicated to underserved communities with an emphasis on public health practice. A variety of zoonotic conditions have significant expression in human populations, particularly infections and parasitic conditions that result from close contact with animals (both domestic and wild), particularly among children, but also among other populations at risk. Such zoonoses as visceral larva migrans, cutaneous larva migrans, toxoplasmosis, ringworm, scabies, cysticercosis, rabies, West Nile virus, Lyme disease, Nipah virus, SARS, Hantavirus, Hendravirus. Ebola virus, bird flu, equine encephalitis, leishmaniasis, leptospirosis, cat scratch fever and many others can be transmitted from animals to humans, and yet can be significantly mitigated by applying existing knowledge of these disease conditions to reduce the likelihood of their transmission.
Animal Acres implements a variety of preventive laboratory and clinical technologies and applications to minimize the impact of these zoonoses on animal and human health in both urban and rural settings, both within, and outside of, the U.S. One component of the Animal Acres practice is to collect, store, monitor and epidemiologically analyze serum samples from animals and humans in order to serologically and genomically define the significance of zoonoses in a variety of cultural contexts, and to develop interventions to mitigate those conditions that currently threaten the populations under study.