The World Veterinary Association (WVA) is unique. As President Dr. Rene Carlson explains, this organization supports wildlife, companion animals, and food animals, as well as illnesses than can be passed back and forth between people and animals.
Carlson, a past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association, notes that the idea of “One Health” isn’t a new one, but recently there’s been more focus and awareness. One example is the influenza virus. An equine influenza virus back in 2005 mutated to be able to impact dogs, too. The WVA works to understand and tackle these types of issues.
As data is tracked today, we can do a far better job of understanding the link in illness between wildlife, food animals or pets, and humans.