One Health is a movement towards recognizing and embracing the inextricable links between human health, animal health, and the environment. Pressing modern issues like antibiotic resistance, zoonotic disease outbreaks, climate change, and the global food supply chain are all quintessential 'One Health' areas of interest. Other less considered issues, like disaster response, human and animal sheltering, and domestic violence require a One Health mindset and approach. Veterinarians all have a role to play in One Health initiatives, by virtue of their very profession. The Veterinarian's Oath reads:
Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.
I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.
I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.
All veterinarians, regardless of their ultimate career, are stewards of public health, and by proxy, key players in the One Health movement.
There are so many careers for veterinarians that want to engage in the promotion of One Health initiatives! Read more at the link.
As of this month, dogs are being used for a voluntary SARS-COV-2 detection program in a Finish airport. Multiple trials have shown high specificity and sensitivity for COVID detection by trained dogs, even days before a person's symptoms arise. As we wait for rapid detection kits to be developed and distributed, working dogs could serve as a useful addition in the gith against this pandemic.