The need for public-health veterinarians as seen by future employers

Andrew T. Maccabe, Karin E. Matchett, William D. Hueston

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Abstract

Future employers of veterinarians working in public health see a fast-growing demand. Emerging zoonotic diseases, bio-security threats, and food-safety problems all require the expertise of veterinarians with a focus on complex, global problems that span both human and animal health. The Public Health Task Force of the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges convened a group of stakeholders representing various branches of the US federal government, state and local governments, and professional societies to discuss their needs for public-health veterinarians. This article discusses those needs, the broader societal needs that require veterinarians with public-health expertise, and the implications of these for educational programs to train DVMs in public-health issues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of veterinary medical education
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2008

Keywords

  • Biodefense
  • Curriculum structure
  • Global issues in veterinary medicine
  • Public health
  • Public practice
  • Structure of academic programs
  • Zoonotic medicine

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