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Changing attitudes to veterinary preventive medicine

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PREVENTION may be better than cure but, when it comes to farm animal diseases, recently published research suggests that prevention will only be implemented in preference to cure when veterinary, farming and political wills align and economic conditions are favourable.

Writing in the journal Social History of Medicine, Abigail Woods, from Imperial College London, discusses ‘the rise and fall of veterinary preventive medicine’ between 1950 and 1980. In her research, which was funded by the UK Research Councils' Rural Economy and Land Use Programme, she examined veterinary preventive medicine and vets' motivations, their definition of preventive medicine, perceptions of its benefits and preferred delivery mechanisms. She also analysed official and farming attitudes and …

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