One Health Public Information

One Health is the concept that recognizes that human health, animal health, and environmental health are often inextricably linked and should be considered together.   Veterinarians are uniquely qualified as One Health practitioners!  We work with animals in the context of the humans with whom they interact, their home environments/habitats, or both – so it’s apparent to us that human, animal, and environmental health are all parts of a whole.

One Health topics include zoonoses (diseases transmitted from animal to people), emerging diseases such as Ebola and MERS, and blue green algae. Comparative medicine, which explores the similarities between human and animal conditions such as heart disease, cancer, and obesity, is also a One Health subject.  The human-animal bond is also considered to be under the One Health “umbrella.”  


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