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Veterinary Public Health

Veterinary Public Health is the sum of all contributions to the physical, mental and social well-being of humans through an understanding and application of veterinary science1.  This discipline covers a vast array of concerns linking animal and human health, and is primarily concerned with reducing exposure to hazards brought about by human interactions with animals, animal products and animal habitats.  This discipline includes zoonoses, food-borne illnesses, toxicities, injuries and hazards related to the use of veterinary drugs and chemicals.  Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a significant public health issue, and AMR fostered by drug use in animals can negatively impact human health.  In order to mitigate the emergence and spread of AMR, trained physicians and veterinarians exercise their professional responsibility to preserve antibiotic efficacy by assuring that antimicrobial products are not used indiscriminately.  This particular learning module will highlight the veterinarians’ indispensable local and global roles in mitigating the increasing prevalence of AMR in bacteria that infect both humans and animals.   


Module Objectives:

  1. Understand the public health impact of imprudent antimicrobial usage for animals.
  2. Understand the global impact of AMR and the means by which its emergence and transmission can be mitigated.
  3. Understand the environmental impact of antibiotics used in animal agriculture.
  4. Understand the global health impact of animal-related AMR.






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