LVMH Métiers d’Art Forms ‘One Welfare’ University Partnership

A new partnership from LVMH Métiers d’Art looks to sanction the next generation of scientists and craft leaders at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

The college’s One Welfare and Sustainability Center (or OWSC) is a leader on animal population health, welfare and sustainability, with a focus on conservation-based systems and species management. The OWSC will develop a comprehensive training program for animal health specialists such as professional veterinary students, graduate students and veterinary clinical residents with support from LVMH Métiers d’Art. The division spans a variety of manufacturing facilities and skilled craftspeople working in leather, exotic leathers and high-quality metal hardware globally.

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Since its creation in 2015, LVMH Métiers d’Art focused on forging sustainable development with the objective of ensuring availability and traceability of top-quality raw materials, sustainable manufacturing and support of local communities. Using a global network of advanced laboratories, the division looks to enable significant reductions in emissions while streamlining production processes.

The partnership focuses on “One Welfare,” an emerging multidisciplinary science that explores the relationship between animal welfare, ecosystems and humans. This sponsorship will support the establishment of OWSC and its mission to become a center for species welfare and sustainability through research, knowledge, training, outreach and expertise. It’s unclear whether the college will funnel into the LVMH Métiers d’Art ecosystem for production needs immediately or will serve more as a knowledge pipeline.

In a statement, Hélène Valade, LVMH’s global environmental development director, praised the creation of the first-of-its-kind sponsorship between the luxury group and academia.

“Now is the time to embrace the synergy between research and creation. With the support of science, the concept of responsible use of natural resources is oriented towards conservation and sustainability. Preserving and regenerating habitat and fauna, sustaining traditional know-how and income, advancing towards improved animal welfare and knowledge. This sponsorship is an invitation to all academics and industry pioneers to come together and work jointly towards this common ambition.”

“Thanks to the sponsorship of LVMH Métiers d’Art, the entire luxury industry will benefit from an expanded knowledge base to create best practices and conservation strategies,” added Rustin Moore, DVM, PhD, dean of The Ohio State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “But the true winners of this sponsorship are the animals we conserve, the people we work with, the communities we work in, and the ecosystems we are preserving for generations to come”

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