Monday, 11 August 2008

World Veterinary Congress

Recently I participated in the 29th World Veterinary Congress 2008 in Vancouver, Canada because Bonnie Buntain, a veterinarian colleague at the University of Calgary, invited me to collaborate with her on the content for her keynote presentation on connections between people's health, ecological conditions, and the health of companion animals (i.e., pets).

One highlight of the conference was a day-long session sponsored by Veterinarians Without Borders on links between human and animal health in disadvantaged areas all over the world, from Canada's North to Tanzania to Mongolia. Attending this session underscored that there exist an incredible array of untapped opportunities for veterinarians and other animal health specialists to collaborate with human service professionals (e.g., social workers, physicians, teachers) and with social scientists.

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