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Animal Health Week 2021

Animal Health + Human Health + Planet Health = One Health

Each year, throughout Animal Health Week, the veterinary community draws attention to an important health-related message. National Animal Health Week highlights the importance of veterinary care to the health of Albertans, the sustainability of our communities and the success and growth of our agricultural sector.

The theme of Animal Health Week 2021 is “Animal Health + Human Health + Planet Health = One Health“, with a focus on the following key messages:

  • It is more important than ever for people to understand the critical links between animal, human, and environmental health.

  • Animals, people, and the environment; keeping one healthy requires that all be healthy.

  • The veterinary profession holds significant roles and responsibilities to safeguard ONE HEALTH.

  • Veterinarians are ONE HEALTH practitioners by protecting the health and safety of animals, and, in turn, people, and the environment.

  • Veterinarians have critical ONE HEALTH roles in food safety, environmental protection, and public health.

One Health

The One Health concept recognizes that animal health, human health and environmental health are all inextricably linked. It also promotes a collaborative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals and the environment. The feedback from workshop participants reinforced that the One Health concept is the best lens from which to assess AMU and AMR, and the best concept to anchor collaborative, effective approaches.

Get the Word Out

Want to help grow the understanding of one health? Visit the CVMA website for a number of pre-made social media posts to help you spread the word about animal health week.


Below are a number of helpful resources to help you learn more about one health.

CVMA Resources

ABVMA Resources

Other Resources

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