What is One Medicine?

The similarities between human and animal biology are far more significant than the differences.

One Medicine is an approach to healthcare that recognises that veterinary and human medicines are dependent on an overlapping collection of biological characteristics, technologies and research discoveries to progress.

Scientific advances have demonstrated striking commonalities and links between species. As such healthcare should be universal and advance hand in hand. To many, it may seem obvious, yet it is not happening.

250 years ago human and animal medicine diverged and a precedent was set that stands for this day. As a result daily, throughout the world, animals suffer unnecessarily for the advancement of human health and humans often do not benefit from cutting edge advancements made in clinical veterinary science.

The Humanimal Trust are focusing activities in the following five areas:

  1. Musculoskeletal Disease
  2. Neurology & Neurosurgery
  3. Medical & Surgical Oncology
  4. Infection & Antibiotic Resistance
  5. Regenerative Medicine

One Medicine matters to every species on the planet; human or animal. Right now we are only scratching the surface of understanding the possibilities of what could be achieved through One Medicine.

One Problem. One Solution. One Medicine for Humans and Animals.


Our five One Medicine areas

You can find out more about One Medicine and what it could mean for you by reading our dedicated sections on our five areas below.

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