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Healthy people, healthy animals, and a healthy environment: One Health

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k3020 (Published 12 July 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;362:k3020
  1. Fiona Godlee, editor in chief, The BMJ,
  2. Adele Waters, editor, Vet Record
  1. Correspondence to: A Waters awaters{at}bmj.com

Global challenges require collaborative interdisciplinary approaches

When Vet Record and The BMJ produced a joint themed issue in 2005 (https://www.bmj.com/content/331/7527), the guiding concept was One Medicine, with an emphasis on what vets and doctors could learn from each other to benefit both sets of patients.1 Since then, a new model has emerged: One Health, a triad of healthy people, healthy animals, and a healthy environment, all inextricably linked.2

Both journals have proud histories of highlighting the links between animal, human, and environmental health; and events over the past decade—bird and swine flu pandemics, the Ebola outbreaks, the growth of antimicrobial resistance, and concern about the effect of environmental degradation and climate change—have brought a renewed sense of urgency. When deciding on a theme to mark Vet Record’s 130th year, One Health was the obvious choice.

Why One Health matters

Why should vets and doctors care about One Health? Firstly, zoonotic diseases make a large contribution to the burden …

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