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

BMJ 2018; 362 doi: (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}

Global challenges require collaborative interdisciplinary approaches

When Vet Record and The BMJ produced a joint themed issue in 2005 (, 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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