It is only fitting that the AVMA announces a joint statement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) on the inaugural One Health Day, observed on November 3. One Health celebrates the interconnected triad of human, animal and environmental health, as well as the multidisciplinary efforts on local, national and global scales to attain optimal health for all links in that triad.
That connection is mirrored in the partnership of the AVMA and AAP. Recognizing the overlapping and connected interests of both professions, our associations have identified many opportunities for collaboration, including participation in cross-disciplinary campaigns and projects designed to share information with veterinarians and physicians, as well as the public.
This joint statement, The Value of Professional Collaboration in Protecting the Health of People and Animals, points out some specific areas in which both professions can and should work together, which include the following:
- Healthy pets as members of healthy households
- Health of people as tied to the safety and quality of the food they consume
- Animals in the service of people
- Zoonotic disease
- Environments and lifestyle choices impacting people and animals
- Responsible use of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance
- Professional wellness
Both the AVMA and the AAP are strongly committed to more active sharing of our members’ scientific knowledge and practical expertise. Working together on these initiatives will build bridges across disciplines in the true spirit of One Health, and this collaboration will allow us to protect, promote and advance the health of both the human and animal members of our communities.