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Thinking beyond one health

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IT might be time to think beyond ‘one health’ and also think in terms of one welfare, suggested Danny Mills, of the University of Lincoln, during the recent WSAVA/FECAVA/BSAVA congress in Birmingham.

Speaking during a stream of lectures on ‘wellness’, Professor Mills noted that the concepts of ‘one health’ and ‘one medicine’ had traditionally been focused on the link between people and livestock. He suggested that it was perhaps time to think beyond this towards ‘one welfare’, encompassing not just farm animals but also companion animals, and not just physical health but psychological health as well. There was a need to re-examine the concept of ‘welfare’ – and companion animal welfare might be both a means for, and a measure of, …

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