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Benefits of collaboration between veterinarians, physicians


Narrator:            This is Science Today. Physicians and veterinarians got together at the Los Angeles Zoo recently to hold a one-of-a-kind conference to discuss ideas and share information. Cheryl Scott, of the University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, was one of the co-chairs of the conference.

Scott:                  Having conversations between veterinarians and physicians is just not a common thing. You would think that through the years, the two fields would merge more often and discuss health care since we're both interested in public health and human health issues, as well as animal health issues. But it just doesn't happen.

Narrator:             Scott explains that the benefits of having these conversations are huge...and mutually beneficial.

Scott:                  Because veterinarians are experts in things like food safety, water safety, vegetation safety, wildlife health, obviously our pets and our domestic animals' health, we interface in public health a lot. And so how that benefits humans is that vets also can be a big player in what we eat and is that healthy. So, I think our goals are the same in public health.

Narrator:            For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.