One Health Seminar Series Presents ‘One Toxicology and One Healthier Future’

Courtesy: Dr. Val Beasley. Dr. Val Beasley will speak at Delaware Valley University on Nov. 29.

Nov 16, 2018

By Michelle Glitzer ’20, marketing and communications intern

Dr. Val Beasley, a Penn State professor of veterinary, wildlife, and ecological toxicology will be speaking about toxicology and environmental contaminants at Delaware Valley University on Thursday, Nov. 29. The seminar will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building auditorium. All are welcome, and there is no cost to attend. Guests do not need to register in advance. The presentation is being sponsored by the One Health Working Group and the School of Life and Physical Sciences.

This seminar will focus on ecological toxicology and important environmental contaminants in the U.S. and around the world. Dr. Beasley will explain when, where, and how animals, plants, and ecosystems are adversely impacted by contaminants.  

“This talk will highlight the vital role of human, veterinary, and ecological toxicology in problem recognition/diagnosis, management/treatment, and prevention – all of which are needed to create a brighter future,” said Dr. Beasley.

Dr. Beasley earned a DVM from Purdue University and was a small animal practitioner for six years in New Jersey and Ohio.  After obtaining a residency and Ph.D. in toxicology, he was on the faculty of the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois. Here he helped start the world’s first animal poison control center, established a poisonous plants garden, and led research programs along with teaching. He has authored and co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed research articles, case reports, and monographs.  At Illinois, he was chair of pharmacology and toxicology and assistant head of the Department of Comparative Biosciences. Dr. Beasley established the Envirovet Program and its Summer Institutes, which trained 500 individuals from 50 nations; and he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar in Kenya.  

Dr. Beasley then joined Penn State and was head of veterinary and biomedical sciences through 2016.  He is currently a Penn State professor. He has introduced concepts of ecosystem health to the veterinary profession and has co-authored articles on One Health. In recent years, Dr. Beasley has been a member of the One Health Task Force of the Pennsylvania Animal Health and Diagnostic Commission and planning groups for One Health, One Planet Symposia at the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh. 

About One Health
One Health is a multi-disciplinary approach that works locally, regionally, nationally and globally to attain optimal well-being for people and society, the environment and plants, and animals. Together, the three major components make up the One Health triad, and the well-being of each is inextricably linked to the others in the triad. For a complete list of the Fall 2018 One Health Seminar Series events, please visit