OCSA Champion: Dr. Sheldon Rubin

Meet Dr. Sheldon Rubin, Chief of Staff Emeritus, Blum Animal Hospital – Ten Veterinarian American Animal Hospital Association Certified Hospital in Chicago, celebrating 60 years of Pet Health Care has continued his professional involvement in many veterinary organizations helping to teach the public about “responsible pet ownership”. He is a nationally recognized pet health expert and has appeared on many television and radio shows including The Oprah Winfrey Show and Steve Dale’s Pet World.sheldon rubinHis professional activities include leadership roles in the American Veterinary Medical Association; American Animal Hospital Association; Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association; Chicago Veterinary Medical Association; American Heartworm Association and the Feline Practitioners Association.  In addition to being a consultant for print media for the Chicago Tribune, The Chicago Sun Times, Pet Life, Parent Magazine, Dog Fancy, Cat Fancy and Good Housekeeping he is the author of six books published and distributed by Publications International.  He organized and was president of Chicago’s first emergency clinic offering emergency care for Chicago’s pets after hours and has been a key contributor to the success of the Anti-Cruelty Society of Chicago for over 30 years.

OCSA was first introduced to Dr. Rubin in January of 2013 by Roger Mahr, DVM.  It was at that time that he graciously agreed to be the keynote speaker at the Susan M. Roman Veterinary Scholarship Dinner that took place at The Signature Room at the 95th during the 150th Anniversary of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) convention in Chicago.  And we are happy to report that he continues to support our mission!

The One health concept in his own words:

After practicing for 45 plus years, I now have a great opportunity to look back and reflect on the reasons I love my profession so much.  It wasn’t just the adrenalin rush after performing a life saving surgery, or delivering a litter of puppies or kittens, or calming a pet owner at midnight because of an emergency, but it was the feeling of accomplishment in helping an animal and of course its owner. Yes the veterinarian is the “other family doctor” and my colleagues can attest to the comment often received, “I wish you were my doctor.”  But I have always felt that I was only a very small part of what my colleagues had accomplished before me. Almost every major medical breakthrough in the last 100 years has been achieved by work with animals by veterinarians working side by side with human researchers. While there was no name for this cooperation, I always knew deep down inside that this is what “One Health” is all about.  What is my small contribution?  Speaking and writing to the public about zoonosis, the importance of annual pet examinations, and bringing awareness to emerging disease outbreaks which have triggered the realization that human, animal, and environment health are linked, are just a few.  So doing my small part in raising awareness of the importance that veterinarians play in this collaborative effort now known as “One-Health,” is what I believe has allowed me to proudly say that I looked forward to getting up every day and making a difference in the lives of people and their pets.  Thank you OCSA for including veterinarians in your outreach. If we can save one human life because of your efforts I have another reason to love my profession.

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