April 7 is World Health Day and at Barkibu we'd like to celebrate the role of veterinarians in public health.
Although we usually think about veterinarians as working on a veterinary clinic, they also play a very important role in public health.
According to the World Health Organization, "human health is inextricably linked to animal health and production". This relationship can lead to a serious risk to public health, as a high number of diseases (75%) are transmitted from animals to humans. Fortunately, veterinary medicine has a long history of contributing to the maintenance of public health.
Veterinary public health is an essential part of public health
On top of their well known job at a veterinary clinic taking care of our pets, veterinarians also domain epidemiology, food protection, production and control of biological products, research, etc.
When you take your pet to the vet, you are not only protecting him or her, you are contributing to the maintenance and promotion of public health in general.