Why does it matter that Human and Veterinary Medicine work together?
Humans and animals share a lot of their biology and, according to the World Health Organisation, over 60% of all known causes of infectious disease are shared between humans and animals.
Even with experimental therapies, such as for cancer, if we share what we already know from veterinary clinical practice and consensual clinical trials with animals, we have the potential to save the lives of both humans and animals without the need to sacrifice a healthy animal’s life.
Most current laboratory animal testing is for the sole, often arguable benefit of humans and not the animal concerned or its species.
Currently too little is invested in developing treatments for animals. If veterinary clinical trials were linked to human drug development, resources could be saved and treatments developed more quickly for both humans and animals. If non-animal model technologies were developed to help both human and animal patients rather than focusing solely on human health, more lives could benefit, more lives could be saved, more quickly.
A two-way street between human and veterinary medicine is both possible and necessary for humans and animals to benefit equitably from cutting edge advances and to save time, save money and save lives.