The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) has adopted “OneMedicine” as the theme for its 50th year, recognising thelink between animal diseases and public health.

WSAVA’s golden year will culminate at its congress in Geneva in June next year.

In adopting the theme, WSAVA claims it aims to promote closer collaboration between the medical and veterinary professions. Among other priorities, the WSAVA will encourage the establishment of joint ventures in education, clinical care, surveillance and the control of cross-species disease.

A similar theme of “One World, One Health” has recently been adopted by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

WSAVA, which recently concluded its 2009 congress in Sao Paulo, represents more than 70 member nations and provides a programme of global science and education for the veterinary care and welfare of small companion animals.

It also supports comparative clinical research through its scientific advisory and hereditary diseases committees and international scientific standardisation groups.

WSAVA president David Wadsworth (pictured above) said: “The ‘One Medicine’ concept is gaining momentum as international veterinary and medical organisations recognise the benefits of closer collaboration. Throughout this, our 50th anniversary year, we’ll be highlighting in practical terms the opportunities for improved human and animal health that a closer working relationship between the veterinary and medical professions will bring.

“’One Medicine will then form the centrepiece of our 2010 Geneva congress, with a series of lectures devoted to aspects of comparative medicine and emerging zoonotic infectious diseases – some of which will be delivered by colleagues from the world of human medicine.

WSAVA Congress, kindly sponsored again by Hill’s Pet Nutrition, will also include an overview lecture ‘WSAVA: One World, One Medicine’, delivered by Professor Michael J Day, chairman of the WSAVA scientific advisory committee.”

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