I’m a veterinary medicine student at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in London with a passion for achieving global health by using a ‘One Health’, interdisciplinary approach, and the best of technology and research.

I’m very lucky to work with some organisations that work towards health of people, animals and the environment, and education of why global health is important to everyone.

  • I have the pleasure of serving as the Director of Communications of Students for Global Health (SfGH), a charity for students, run by students for students. We work to Educate, Advocate and Act for changes around the world to create a world in which ‘equity in health is a reality for all’. As well as being a group of students from all disciplines and backgrounds working towards global health, SfGH (formerly ‘Medsin’) is the UK national member organisation of the International Federation of Medical Students Associations (IFMSA), which represents all medical students in the world to the World Health Organisation
  • I sit on the the International Veterinary Students Association’s Ad Hoc Committee on Collaboration with Global Health Organisations (IVSA AHCCGHO (we love acronyms)) where I work with other veterinary students from all over the world to work with organisations (like the World Health Organisation (WHO), UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and UN Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC)) to create a healthier planet for people and animals as well as getting the voice of veterinary students heard by these organisations by seeking official special relations and consultative status. Within this group I am coordinating some of the work with the WHO and taking on some secretarial work.
  • I’m one of three student representatives of the UK branch of the Wildlife Disease Association. Within this triumvirate I am the designated treasurer. We organise conferences and practical days for students across the UK and Europe to learn more about working in wildlife health and medicine.
  • I am astoundingly excited to be Lead Researcher and science programming advisor for the Hay Festival and its Hay Levels education project. I get to interview some world-class thinkers at the world’s premier arts, literature, politics, ideas and science festival.

Isac Florence at the Hay Festival 2017