One for All, All for One

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Of­fi­cially, the Amer­i­can Ve­teri­nary Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion de­fines One Health as “the in­te­gra­tive ef­fort of mul­ti­ple dis­ci­plines work­ing lo­cally, na­tion­ally, and glob­ally to at­tain op­ti­mal health for peo­ple, an­i­mals, and the en­vi­ron­ment.” So what does that re­ally mean?

Ev­ery­thing I learned about the One Health move­ment in my re­search echoes one ba­sic thought: that hu­man health, an­i­mal health, and the health of the en­vi­ron­ment are all in­ter­re­lated. Each is af­fected by the other. And as tech­nol­ogy ad­vances— en­abling hu­mans and an­i­mals to move around the globe more eas­ily and pop­u­la­tions to grow—the im­pact of hu­mans on an­i­mal health, food sources, and ecosys­tems world­wide is bal­loon­ing.

We don’t live in iso­la­tion; we’re all part of a bigger world. The One Health move­ment ac­knowl­edges that and en­cour­ages sci­en­tists and health providers to work to­gether to make the world a health­ier place.

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