Seeing what clients miss
Finding opportunities to improve animal and caretaker health
Keywords:animal health, biosecurity, infection control, public health, zoonotic disease
Worldwide, there are 45 bovine zoonotic diseases and many more animal-only diseases. Veterinarians understand the potential health risks associated with disease transmission. Educating clients and staff on practical, easily implemented steps to protect themselves from zoonotic diseases is an important professional task. Veterinarians are the best resource to help identify opportunities to improve animal and human health on dairies. A risk analysis approach combined with hierarchy of controls can be applied in a practical manner, making veterinarians an indispensable resource for their clients.