The Veterinary Public Health Special Primary Interest Group (VPH) focuses on the interface of humans and animals; not just the diseases but the quality of life, health benefits, and environmental health issues as well.  We positively influence the human-animal connection and advance the One Health concept.

Our Current Focus Areas are to:

1. offer stimulating educational programs and

2. be the APHA’s leaders on:

(a) food safety

(b) the health benefits of animals (a concept that was neatly captured in the term  “Zooeyia” at this year’s AVMA)

(c) advancing TNVR as a cat management program where possible

(d) climate change, both the effect animal agriculture may be having on the climate, as well as the effect a changing climate may have on animal agriculture.

Recommendations: The Vet PH SPIG encourages communities to discuss trap, neuter, vaccinate and return (TNVR) as a management practice to control community cats, and to adopt this practice where possible.  The Vet PH SPIG will develop a simple checklist to assist discussion and decisions.

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Chair, Bill Courtney



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