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Engaging family physicians in one health

Kate Hodgson DVM, MHSc1, Marcia Darling BSc, Douglas Freeman DVM, PhD3, and Alan Monavvari MD, MHSc2,4
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  • 1 1Department of Continuing Professional Development, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7, Canada.
  • | 2 2Department of Family and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7, Canada.
  • | 3 3Office of the Dean, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK S7N 5B4, Canada.
  • | 4 4Markham Stouffville Hospital, 381 Church St, Markham, ON L3P 7P3, Canada.

The strong bond between owners and their pets—often to the point that pets are considered members of the family—means that both veterinarians and physicians can support practices and activities that are healthy for animals and their owners. By encouraging dog walking, for example, veterinarians can help motivate owners to engage in physical activity,1 and by incorporating pet-related activities in education tools, physicians can improve patients' self-care.2 This connection argues for a one-health approach to health care, with veterinarians and physicians collaborating to improve the health of all species in the home.

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Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. Hodgson (kd.hodgson@utoronto.ca).