Special Issue "Human–Animal Relationships and Reservoir Host Status for Zoonoses"

A special issue of Animals (ISSN 2076-2615).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. Nicole Gottdenker

Department of Veterinary Pathology, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602, USA
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Interests: disease ecology, wildlife disease ecology, wildlife pathology, theoretical ecology, tropical ecology, zoonotic diseases

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Zoonotic disease transmission between domestic and wild animals and humans requires direct or indirect contact between animals and humans. The types of relationships between humans and animals, as well as human awareness of zoonotic disease risk, may impact the risk of transmission of zoonotic pathogens from animals to humans. These human–animal relationships take many forms, including pet ownership, livestock ownership, wildlife harvesting, wildlife conservation activities, tourism, and intended and unintended resource provisioning of wildlife. In this Special Issue, we invite the submission of articles that explore the wide variety of functional relationships, including disease awareness and attitudes, that humans have in relation to animal reservoirs of zoonotic diseases, and how these relationships impact disease risk assessments.

Dr. Nicole Gottdenker
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Animals is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • human–animal relationships
  • zoonotic diseases
  • reservoir host
  • zoonotic disease transmission

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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