The Humanimal Trust was established in May 2014 by Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, known globally as a ground-breaking orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon.
As a vet he experienced personally the deep divide between human and animal medicine and saw how unfair this was. Frustrated by the lack of opportunities to share what he was learning from day to day practice, or to benefit from relevant learning from human medicine, he decided to create the platform himself.
This laid the foundations for the work the Trust does today, removing barriers and seeking to close the divide between human and animal medicine.
Since those beginnings, the Trust has started to establish a powerful evidence base and to build understanding of both the principle and the potential of One Medicine. This evidence informs mechanisms to reduce, refine and replace laboratory animal tests. By studying naturally occurring disease, we will make more rapid progress.