Access to Veterinarians

Access to veterinary professionals is essential in maintaining the heath and well-being of animals.

Veterinarians are highly skilled professionals, with a deep commitment to the protection of animal welfare. Their expertise can protect the livelihoods of farmers and ensure the safety of our food supply

But pressure on our food supply is set to increase dramatically. A rapidly growing global population and a flourishing middle class means production of food protein will need to double by 2050.

Pet populations are also rapidly expanding across all regions and will bring valuable companionship to countless families. When animals share our home, their health becomes paramount.

More veterinary expertise is sorely needed across the globe. Without their knowledge, communities face greater risk of animal disease outbreaks.

The animal health sector trains veterinarians around the world and invests in the next generation of animal health professionals through scholarship programs. But its essential that governments and policymakers also recognize the importance of animal health – and its connection to public health – and to invest in producing more of these much-needed professionals. 

Quick facts

In the United States, one out of four pet owners experiences barriers to obtaining veterinary care such as lack of transport or knowledge of veterinary facility locations.

In Europe, 243,000 veterinarians care for an estimated 157 million companion animals and 342 million cattle, sheep, pigs and goats.

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30 Mar 2020

Vets are on the COVID-19 frontlines. They need greater support to maintain supply chains

By Carel du Marchie Sarvaas, Executive Director, HealthforAnimals in Euronews