Educational preparedness of veterinarians for foreign animal diseases

J Am Vet Med Assoc. 2003 May 15;222(10):1352-7. doi: 10.2460/javma.2003.222.1352.


Veterinary medical education in FADs has been and will continue to be critically important if veterinarians are expected to fulfill the profession's primary obligations to society--those of protecting our animals' health, conserving our animal resources, and promoting public health. It is imperative that curricula and instruction in veterinary schools and colleges provide the depth and breadth of knowledge and understanding necessary to prepare all veterinarians, including those in private practice, for their key role in defending against FADs. Development and implementation of governmental and military programs to diagnose, prevent, control, and eradicate FADs will require a dedicated cadre of public sector veterinarians who have a solid educational foundation in FADs and understand the contemporary issues and global challenges we face. Animal-related industries, associations, and organizations will increasingly rely on well-educated veterinarians to help guide them in ways that will protect animals, clientele, consumers, and trading partners from effects of FADs. Agencies and organizations concerned with conservation of animal resources will require veterinary expertise necessary to prevent FADs in a multitude of animal species, including marine animals, wildlife, endangered species, zoologic specimens, and important genetic lines as well as our domestic companion and livestock species. Species affected by FADs also include human beings for those disease agents with zoonotic potential; thus, veterinary education also plays a key role in public health.

MeSH terms

  • Accreditation
  • Animal Diseases / prevention & control*
  • Animal Welfare
  • Animals
  • Bioterrorism
  • Consumer Product Safety
  • Curriculum / standards
  • Curriculum / trends
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control
  • Disease Outbreaks / veterinary*
  • Education, Continuing / standards
  • Education, Continuing / trends
  • Education, Veterinary / standards
  • Education, Veterinary / trends*
  • Humans
  • Schools, Veterinary / standards*
  • United States