Vet Futures

Ambition 2 – Roles in Society

“To be clear about the roles of the profession in society; specifically public health, the environment, and the importance of our scientific expertise.”  This is a massive topic – including vets contributions in addressing the effects of growth in the human population, changes in agriculture, environmental change, invasive species, food security, R&D, and One Health [The One Health concept: ‘a worldwide strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care for humans, animals and the environment’, forging collaborations between science, health and environmental experts www.onehealthinitiative.com.]

It seems that vets feel frustrated – unable to get a foot
in the door – regarding policy formulation….  The veterinary profession has an important and influential role to play within governments and international bodies to ensure that policies and standards are informed and underpinned by the best possible evidence and veterinary analysis and advice…. The profession needs to demonstrate knowledge and dynamism if it wants the public, government and others to recognise the importance of its contributions to society beyond clinical practice.”

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