About the Allen School

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Who are we?

The first of its kind, the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health was established in 2010. Generous donations from both Paul G. Allen and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped to establish the school as a global leader in animal health and the research of zoonotic disease transmission between animals and humans.  Among the many research projects and external initiatives, the school is known for its work eliminating rabies, combating antimicrobial resistance and unraveling the pathogenesis of zoonotic diseases.
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What is Global Animal Health?

The Allen School is unique among other global health programs because it focuses on the health of animals as a way to improve the health of people and the environment. For example, school researchers recently developed a model for zoonotic disease surveillance and detection in Sub-Saharan Africa. The data collected by the model supports the goals of examining disease spread between animals and people and helps develop preventative programs to protect local communities now, and wider populations in the future.
One Health Research
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Our Mission

Programs within the Allen School are developed to build innovative solutions that address global infectious disease challenges. Our training programs, research, and global initiatives work to improve the quality of life for animals and humans. By focusing on the animal-human interface, our work advances science, people, and policy to discover novel approaches for disease intervention and delivery of preventive health care for animals and humans.

Our History

Originally established in 2008 as the School for Global Animal Health, the program began with the largest private grant in WSU history from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

The school originally focused on three interrelated approaches to global animal and public health: emerging pathogen and disease detection, development and deployment of life-saving vaccines, and the control of disease transmission from animals to humans.

In 2010, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation donated $26 million for the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health. The monies went to establish stronger worldwide research programs and the new Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health.

Dedicated in 2012, the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health is a 62,000-square-foot, three-story flagship research building that houses a state-of-the-art infectious disease research center for investigating existing and emerging diseases throughout the world.

In early 2018, The Global Animal Health Phase II Building was approved and is currently in the design phase. The new $23 million facility will house expanded research facilities and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL).
Regents Approve Construction of Phase II
WADDL (WSU)

Allen Center Entrance

The Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health is home to Allen School faculty, graduate students, and research labs.
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Interdisciplinary Teamwork

The Allen School conducts many research projects with WSU programs outside of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Interdisciplinary programs include faculty from:

  • School of Economic Sciences
  • School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
  • School of Biological Sciences
  • Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Office of International Programs

Allen School Training Programs
Interdisciplinary Studies Site (WSU)

WSU Grand Challenges and Drive to 25

The WSU Grand Challenges unite WSU researchers with scholars around the world - as well as governmental agencies, national laboratories, business and civic leaders, and philanthropists - to target critical national and international problems. The Allen School research supports healthy global communities. The WSU Drive to 25 is an effort to make WSU one of the nation’s top 25 public research universities. As a research-centric organization, the Allen School works to lead the way on statewide, national, and international research projects.
Grand Challenges Site (WSU)
Drive to 25 Site (WSU)

Graduate Student George Wudiri and Dr. Anthony Nikola

Graduate students have a variety of interdisciplinary and international options for their research.
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