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Promoting a One Health Approach to Global Wellbeing

One Health Committee

For most of the 20th century, society viewed veterinary medicine primarily as an animal health medical discipline. In recent years, highly publicized public health threats like pandemic influenza have helped many realize the fundamental linkages between veterinary medicine and human health.

Veterinary medicine plays a critical role in promoting the bounty, safety and security of the food supply, helps protect the public from zoonotic infectious diseases, and contributes to important biomedical research.

Today, many leaders in science and medicine have adopted a One Health approach to global wellbeing. One Health recognizes the complex interrelationships that exist between people, animals and the environment as they interact in an era of globalization. One Health encourages a holistic,ecosystem-based approach to human, animal and environmental health.

The AAVMC works to engage member institution students and faculty on One Health initiatives underway in federal and international agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization and others.
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