One Health: How Interdependence Enriches Veterinary Ethics Education
Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University, 3584 CM Yalelaan 2, The Netherlands
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Received: 28 November 2019
Revised: 12 December 2019
Accepted: 17 December 2019
Published: 19 December 2019
The idea of One Health acknowledges the interdependence of human and non-human animal health against the backdrop of a shared environment. This requires collaboration across disciplines to tackle complex health problems. How does One Health affect the education of veterinary ethics, traditionally restricted to both animal and professional ethics? First, veterinary ethics education provides an opportunity within the curriculum for students to engage with the meaning and implication of One Health, so as to develop their own viewpoint. Similarly, One Health can enrich veterinary ethics. It does so by introducing relevant ethical fields and other cultural perspectives, as well as promoting ways of teaching that motivate and sensitize students to become aware of the underlying interdependency and complexity of health issues while at the same time fostering their capacity for ethical problem solving.