Veterinarians and One Health

The Issue

As the world becomes more interconnected it is apparent that human health, animal health and ecosystem health professionals need to work together to ensure a healthy future for animals, humans, and the planet. It is more important than ever for citizens to understand the critical links between animal, human, and environmental health. Veterinarians are ‘One Health’ practitioners, protecting the health and safety of animals, which in turn, helps to protect people and the environment. 

Why it Matters

New diseases of humans can emerge from animals, sometimes as a result of environmental disturbance, as has been suggested as a factor in the COVID-19 pandemic. New resistance strains of bacteria resistant to conventional antibiotics is a cause of great concern and represents one of the most serious threats to global health and food security.

CVMA Action


  • The CVMA received funding via a directed solicitation from the Infectious Diseases and Climate Change Fund of the Public Health Agency of Canada to conduct the National Baseline Survey of Tick Borne Disease Awareness, a 3 part series of surveys to gather knowledge of tick awareness and diseases in Canada.
  • Collaborative paper "Integrated surveillance of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and antimicrobial use (AMU): Evaluation of the status in Canada (2014–2019)" simultaneously published in The Canadian Veterinary Journal and the Canadian Journal of Public Health in February 2022.
  • National Tick Awareness Month being hosted in March and promoting a ‘One Health’ approach to parasite control.


  • CVMA continues to lead the Stewardship of Antimicrobials by Veterinarians Initiative (SAVI). 
  • CVMA’s Animal Health Week campaign focused on ‘Animal Health + Human Health + Planet Health = One Health” to educate Canadians on the links between human, animal and environmental health.

March 2022

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