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Implementing One Health culture in medical education of undergraduates across Europe to tackle health challenges

The professional and student organisations representing veterinarians, physicians, dentists and pharmacists in Europe call on policy makers, academics and professionals to promote an inter-disciplinary approach in education under the One Health initiative.

In December 2019, a second roundtable on implementing One Health principles in education, hosted by the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists in Warsaw, brought together more than 50 health professionals from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

The conference “Implementation of One Health in Undergraduate Education” began with a warm welcome by Dr Anna Lella from the Polish Chamber of Physicians and Dentists, who stressed that One Health is based on inter-disciplinary collaboration and is a response to current global challenges, acknowledging links between human health, animal health and the environment.

The representatives of the four countries recognised that the integrated education of all future health professionals is fundamental for tackling current and future health challenges. They agreed on the importance of supporting joint initiatives at national level to further implement the One Health approach. Moreover, it was remarked that any change at university level is possible only if educators are committed to encouraging interactions among students of different disciplines.

Dr Rens Van Dobbenburgh, President of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe, underlined that the veterinarian is very much at the centre of the One Health concept and plays a vital role within society as humans and animals share the same environment and face similar challenges. Thinking out of the box and creating links between different professions will enable a better understanding of interconnections and prepare future One Health professionals.
Representatives from the European medical organisations reiterated their commitment to organising regular roundtables in different European regions to debate the need to update current curricula and promote interdisciplinary collaboration in undergraduate education. The aim is to bring together interested parties in specific country clusters to raise awareness and share experiences.

Full report from the Conference is available here.

To access selected information on One Health Initiative from CAB Abstracts click here.

Article details

  • Author(s)
  • M Djuric, DVM
  • Date
  • 10 February 2020
  • Source
  • Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
  • Subject(s)
  • Veterinary medicine