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Veterinarians protect people, animals, and society.


From issues like food safety and security, to diseases that can be transferred between people and animals, veterinarians have the unique knowledge and experience to address the many ways that animals and people impact one another.


Veterinarians protect people from disease.


Veterinarians are the first and best line of defense against animal diseases that could threaten public health and our national security. They prevent and treat zoonotic diseases ranging from rabies to avian flu, and play a key role in responding to bioterrorism threats such as the anthrax attacks that followed 9/11.


Veterinarians safeguard our food.


Veterinarians protect the health and welfare of livestock, and oversee meatpacking plants to ensure all meat is safe for human consumption.


Veterinarians make medical discoveries.


Veterinarians are crucial to the development of new drugs for both people and animals. As researchers, veterinarians are finding new ways to diagnose, treat, and prevent health disorders in all species.