High Quality Animal Care
One Health is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment. Veterinarians play critical roles in the health of animals, humans, and even the environment, but these roles are often overlooked or unrecognized. Veterinary medicine is the only profession that routinely operates at the interface of these three components of One Health.
The concept behind One Health has existed for centuries.
The Time and Effort of
The AVMA American Board of Veterinary Specialties (ABVS) is the umbrella organization for veterinary specialties within the United States. Currently, there are 22 AVMA-recognized veterinary specialty organizations comprising of 40 distinct specialties. More than 11,000 veterinarians have been awarded diplomate status in one or more recognized veterinary specialty organizations by completing rigorous postgraduate training, education, and examination requirements.
These are hard-working, dedicated board-certified specialists ready to serve the public, its animals, and the veterinary profession by providing high quality service in disciplines as varied as internal medicine, surgery, preventive medicine, toxicology, dentistry, behavior, and pathology.
Improving Knowledge of Animal Care
n recent years, individuals involved in animal agriculture have become concerned that the public is increasingly questioning the welfare of food animals. Newspapers run stories criticizing the use of sow gestation crates, and legislators introduce bills aimed at controlling what they see as inappropriate farm practices.
Last year veterinarians, government officials, humane representatives, and agriculture industry stakeholders gathered at a meeting of the Animal Agriculture Alliance (AAA) in Arlington, VA, to discuss issues surrounding the state of animal welfare and public perception
AVMA reported that a survey conducted by Market Directions, Inc. found that 81 percent of 1,000 individuals polled believe farmers are concerned about the well-being of animals. "Our polls show that the public has consistently, over the years, trusted and valued American farmers and ranchers and the important job they do so well," said AAA President Bruce Andrews.