Human Animal Medicine
Communicating Across the Species Divide
On June 25th, 2013, the Animal Health Institute, along with the American College of Preventive Medicine and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges brought together physicians, veterinarians, policymakers, academics and industry stakeholders for a panel discussion. The event on Capitol Hill focused on the nexus between human and animal health and examined the differences and similarities between physicians and veterinarians knowing that they treat different types of “patients.”
Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR), co-founder of the House Veterinary Caucus, delivered the keynote address and Chris Frates, national correspondent for the National Journal, moderated the discussion.
The panel featured doctors and veterinarians who are experts in human and animal medicine, including:
- Dr. Peter Rabinowitz, Yale School of Medicine and Director of the Yale Human Animal Medicine Project
- Dr. Guy Loneragan, Epidemiologist and professor of Food Safety and Public Health at Texas Tech University
- Dr. Halley Faust, President of the American College of Preventive Medicine
- Dr. Ted Mashima, Associate Executive Director for the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.
The panel discussions compared and contrasted the work of physicians and veterinarians, examined opportunities and challenges that currently exist, and discussed collaborative actions that can benefit both human and animal medicine in the 21st century.