The opening session of the National Institute of Animal Agriculture's annual meeting in Kansas City focused on the One Health initiative. This initiative began in 2007 after collaboration between the American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Medical Association. The initiative was designed to communicate and coordinate efforts among health professionals, academic institutions and the animal production industry in improving health locally, nationally and globally.
One health works through the integration of human and veterinary medicine. Roger Mahr, DVM and chief executive officer of the One Health Commission said this will require improved communication, coordination and collaboration among our various professional associations, academia, government and industry. He said the convergence of animal, human and environmental health dictate that One Health must be embraced.
Mahr's vision is that success of the One Health strategy in the United States would be advanced to the international arena by the One Health commission. Mahr believes that by working together current challenges can be converted into opportunities to improve the lives of our constituents, our colleagues and society in general.