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WVA and HealthforAnimals Launch Online Resource Called Animal Health Matters

June 9, 2017

The World Veterinary Association launched a new online resource with HealthforAnimals called Animal Health Matters.

Animal Health Matters aims to educate and build greater awareness of the most pressing issues in animal and human health, including:

  • zoonotic disease
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • global food security
  • the future role and health of companion animals.

Factors such as the impact of global conflicts, trade, how healthier animals mean healthier families and the ongoing focus on zoonotic disease are all debated within the new, attractive and interactive online resource.

Animal Health Matters was produced by the HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association, and the World Veterinary Association, the global voice of the veterinary profession to recognize that the health of our pets, farm animals and wide range of wildlife, is inextricably tied up with the health and wellbeing of human beings all over the world. 

Animal Health Matters also looks to the longer term with items such as ‘Five trends for the next five years’, which assess the impact of new and emerging factors influencing animal health. These ‘Five trends’ include factors such as:

  • better surveillance systems for disease threat identification
  • how portable technologies are helping to fill the void in information about the movement and emergence of livestock disease
  • how the role of new technologies, such as satellite data and smart ear tagging, are helping developed and developing nation farmers detect disease sooner.  

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