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Veterinary groups warn that global animal health is being overlooked in the fight against pandemics

As part of World Vet Day on 24 April, Brooke Veterinary Group joined a number of international organizations calling for additional investment in animal health and welfare.

by Megan Howell
29 April 2021, at 7:00am

Brooke and other stakeholders signed an open letter calling on governments and international agencies to invest in animal health and welfare in order to prevent another pandemic.

At least 75% of all new human infectious diseases emerge from animals, including the likes of COVID-19, SARS, Rabies and Ebola. Looking ahead, it is vital that we take a One Health approach and recognize the complex relationship between humans, animals and the environment.

The letter, penned by the Action for Animal Health coalition, calls for an immediate injection of funding to map the gaps and train more veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals to standards established by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). By keeping animals healthy and remaining vigilant for new disease outbreaks, veterinarians play a critical role in preventing the next pandemic.

Action for Animal Health, which officially launches the week of 24 May to coincide with the OIE General Assembly, is a coalition of organizations working together to call on policymakers to invest in strengthening animal health systems. Key focuses include the need to increase and improve the global animal health workforce, increase the availability of veterinary medicines and vaccines, improve animal disease detection and surveillance, support community education and promote the One Health approach.

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Click here to find out more about the Action for Animal Health coalition and read the letter in full.