Zoonotic diseases, those transmitted between humans and animals, will be the focus of a program offered during Ohio State University’s Farm Science Review, near London, Ohio.

Armando Hoet, director of the Veterinary Public Health Program within Ohio State’s College of Veterinary Medicine Public Health Program, will discuss the diseases that can move from humans to animals, and vice versa, and how to prevent this transmission, during his presentation, “Can your animals make you sick?” The discussion will be offered at 2 p.m., Sept. 18 and 1:40 p.m., Sept. 19, as part of the daily Question the Authorities series.

Hoet said humans often are portrayed as “victims” when it comes to zoonotic diseases, but in reality, the illnesses can pass either direction.