The needs for public health education: reflections from the 27th world veterinary congress

J Vet Med Educ. 2004 Spring;31(1):17-21. doi: 10.3138/jvme.31.1.17.


The needs for public health education are addressed based on papers presented at the 27th World veterinary Congress held in Tunis, Tunisia, on September 25-29, 2002. The article first summarizes the public health problems presented from developing countries, followed by the problems from developed countries. A summary of the solutions proposed or practiced by each group of speakers is presented. On the basis of the problems and solutions presented, the author suggests how education can address the problems and their solutions. The dichotomy between developed and developing countries is not new, but educational advances in veterinary public health (VPH) are required to provide the citizens of all countries with safe food and less risk of zoonotic diseases. This is true whether a country is too poor to have adequate veterinary services for good food safety and preventing major zoonoses, or is a wealthy country plagued by the emerging pathogens associated with modern intensive agriculture systems.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Education, Veterinary*
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Public Health*