Veterinarians Play ‘Pivotal Role’ In Defense Against Animal-Borne Diseases

The Hill: Veterinarians: Warriors in the battle against disease
Arve Lee Willingham, associate dean for research and postgraduate studies and professor of One Health at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine

“…60 percent of all human diseases are [transmitted by animals]. … Who’s manning the front lines against these diseases? Increasingly, veterinarians. … The medical and veterinary communities increasingly recognize that the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment are inextricably linked — a concept known as ‘One Health.’ Veterinary schools are at the forefront in training their students to tackle these ‘one health’ crises. … The health of our ecosystems requires harmony between human health, animal heath, and a healthy environment. Veterinarians play a pivotal role in the defense against animal-borne diseases that threaten our physical and financial health. It’s up to veterinary schools to equip their students to think outside the box for this battle” (2/14).

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