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Protecting & Promoting Animal and Human Health—Veterinary Preventive Medicine

What is veterinary preventive medicine?

The field of veterinary preventive medicine addresses the detection, prevention, and control of diseases affecting food, animals, and the general public. Because of the wide scope of this endeavor, collaborative efforts between animal and human health professionals, commercial organizations, and organizations across local, state, national, and international levels is necessary.

How does veterinary preventive medicine affect human health?

There are more than 250 documented diseases that are able to be communicated from animals to humans (zoonoses). Some, such as rabies, have been known for many years, while others, such as West Nile virus and the avian bird flu, have come into public consciousness in recent years.

Veterinary preventive medicine also addresses illnesses that are food- or waterborne in nature, such as E. coli or Salmonella outbreaks, which have ties to animals as the major source for these pathogens.

Monitoring outbreaks and working to prevent and control these diseases requires specialized training and education.

What does the ACVPM contribute to this process?

The ACVPM’s role in this collaborative effort includes evaluating veterinary professionals, preparing them for board certification, administering the board certification examination, disseminating information, and promoting ongoing professional development.

Our diplomates regularly network with one another and serve in such fields as regulatory medicine, diagnostics, public health, epidemiology, research, consulting, and other related fields.