Our time is now – how companion animal veterinarians can transform biomedical science

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Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been growing interest in the “One Health” agenda, defined by the One Health Initiative to be “a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment.” The concept has spawned numerous conferences, under- and post-graduate courses and has been the topic of dozens of articles that have discussed how medical doctors, scientists and veterinarians can work together to improve the health of both animals and humans. Although there is widespread agreement about the potential benefits of medical doctors and veterinarians working more closely together, this is far from routine practice for most companion animal veterinarians. This article reflects on why the topic of “One Health” is attracting such interest at the moment and discusses some of the reasons why the “One Health” agenda offers companion animal veterinarians a chance to be centre stage in the global drive to improve the health of both animals and humans.

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