Livestock and food production are at the core of veterinary public health and veterinarians. Therefore, UEVH fully supports the Dublin Declaration of Scientists on the Societal Role of Livestock.

Livestock plays a key role in supporting the economy and society by empowering women, farmers, professionals and rural communities.

Livestock ensure biodiversity, preserves soil health, preserves agricultural land and contribute to agriculture by producing natural fertilizers, maintaining ecological balances and securing socioeconomic livelihoods, ensuring safe, nutritious and affordable food and ensuring feed to our pets. Healthy livestock in an appropriate environment reduce emissions and their intensities.

Livestock provide humans with indispensable nutrients such as retinol, B12, niacin, heme iron, zinc, and full-spectrum of bioavailable proteins, contributing to the development of childhood cognition and by extension of all of these things overall human health and well-being.

Veterinarians contribute to livestock and food production and are fully committed to making the EU food systems more sustainable through the One Health approach.

Veterinarians promote animal health and welfare thus One Health by providing:

– advice and support to farmers and animals’ owners,
– animal-balanced feed, shelter and appropriate housing,
– preventive medicine,
– responsible use of drugs and treatments,
– risk-based animal food controls.

Notes to the editor
UEVH represents veterinarians working in veterinary public health, having a key role in protecting public and animal health and welfare. Founded in 1967 in Geneva, in 1976 UEVH became a member of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and adopted its current name.