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Posted on 09-27-2017

When I was in veterinary school, I was introduced to the concept of “One Medicine”.  Put simply, One Medicine means that human health, animal health and environmental health are all interrelated.  As an example, deforestation causes wild animals to move into areas that are populated with people, thus exposing them to diseases that they may have never been exposed to before.  Diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans are called zoonotic diseases, and there are MANY of them (60% of all infectious diseases).  This is why it makes sense for veterinarians and human health professionals to work together to study them.

Did you know that all veterinarians have training in public health?  While in school, veterinarians learn about epidemiology, immunology and zoonotic diseases.  Your average veterinarian has more training than your average medical doctor about how to fight large disease outbreaks.  Veterinarians are on the frontline in biosecurity roles and keep you safe from foreign infectious diseases.  I have a veterinarian friend who is currently working on his 4th advanced degree!

I love the idea of veterinarians and medical doctors working together to fight diseases.  When I was in my first year of veterinary school, a whole new world opened up to me when I realized that as a veterinarian, I could play an important role in public health.  I ended up in clinical emergency medicine because I am a bit of an adrenaline junkie but I know that when this job becomes too difficult for me (you can only work so many 14 hour overnight shifts), I can contribute to society in a meaningful way by using my degree to help keep people healthy and safe.  

It's important to realize that veterinarians are not just here to take care of the medical needs of pets, but to safeguard the health of humans as well.

Dr. Jesse Strong 

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