One Health (OH) is the concept that the health of animals, the health of people, and the viability of ecosystems are intricately linked. As the link among human and animal populations, environmental changes, (ecological and climate), and global movement evolve, the risk of disease transmission between animals and people has increased. An OH approach embraces the idea that disease problems that adversely impact the health of humans, animals, and the environment can only be solved through improved communication, cooperation, and collaboration across disciplines and institutions. OH supports the idea that healthy productive livestock and pets lead to healthy people and sound environments through food, economy, and companionship.
APHIS VS will provide US leadership for the animal health component of One Health (OH). As a committed OH partner, APHIS VS will contribute towards the global health of people, animals, ecosystems, and society
As the nation's animal health authority, APHIS VS will contribute expertise, infrastructure, networks, and systems to operate effectively with multiple disciplines and multiple partners (local, state, national and international) to collaboratively promote healthy animals, people, ecosystems, and society.
The following goals support the long-view future for OH in Veterinary Services. They provide guidance that will positively impact on the VS organization and the greater OH community. Details related to these goals, their respective objectives, and tasks can be found in Appendix A of the Strategic Plan.