The essential role of veterinarians in protecting animal, human, public and environmental health
The public has a strong appreciation for the important role of veterinarians in the United States and Europe who are engaged in clinical practice caring for the health and well-being of companion and farm/ranch animals. The myriad other roles veterinarians play in protecting and advancing human, public, and environmental health are less recognized by the public, yet are essential to the continued well-being of people and animals at the local, national, regional, and international levels.
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA; www.avma.org) represents more than 84,000 individual veterinarians across the U.S.A, and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE; www.fve.org) represents 46 national veterinary organizations across 38 European countries. The AVMA and FVE collaborate on issues of importance to both of its members, working cooperatively to promote animal and human health, support veterinarians in delivering their professional responsibilities at the highest level, and advance the veterinary medical profession.