31 August 2016

HEALTH - What Veterinarians Know That Physicians Don't

In a popular TedMed Talk, Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz discusses how veterinarians and human medical doctors should work together more.

The Cardiologist explores the connection between humans and animals and how physicians and vets treat the same disorders such as arthritis, diabetes, depression, anxiety and compulsions, to name a few.

‘Why hadn’t I thought to check with veterinarians, read veterinary medical journals or attend a veterinary conference,’ she questions. Nor had her colleagues.

Natterson-Horowitz promotes a species-spanning approach to health and how it can improve the medical care of the human animal.

Her call to action is directly in line with the One Health movement.

One Health supporters believe veterinarians, physicians, molecular biologists, ecologists, environmental chemists, and others are better able to respond to existing and emerging concerns when they work together.

Another initiative bolstering the species-spanning approach is Zoobiquity.

Zoobiquity explores how human and non-human animal commonalities can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species, and hosts a conference every spring which brings together leading clinicians and scientists in both human and veterinary medicine.

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