We partner with organizations and communities around the world to improve animal health (domestic animals and wildlife) as a locally sustainable path to resolving issues connecting food insecurity, public health, animal welfare, and biodiversity conservation. Using an integrative approach, we bring a veterinary lens to global development challenges that have reciprocal impacts on animals, humans, and ecosystems. We ensure that our interventions are ecologically balanced and sustainable by combining the expertise of a multidisciplinary team with local ingenuity. Working with the community and our in-country partners, we provide an adaptable framework to enhance animal health capacity with a focus on training, education, and outreach.
Ecovet global is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute (EII), a 501(c)(3) organization.
Why Focus On Animal Health?
Our work as veterinarians continually reminds us of the deep connection that exists between animals, humans, and natural systems. As landscapes and climate conditions have shifted in the face of human development and globalization, the relationship between humans, animals, and natural resources is growing increasingly more complex and interlinked. Amid these changes, new health problems have surfaced in humans and animals that reflect the intersectionality of health, global change, and the environment. Particularly in underserved communities, chronic and emergent health issues frequently stem from a variety of causes including non-existant or ineffective health care delivery systems, broad social inequities, biodiversity loss, climate change, and resource degradation. These same underlying factors extend to animal health as well. Since the contributing causes are multiple and overlapping, interventions must be broad based and holistic. As veterinarians, we are accustomed to working across species and landscapes, so this more integrative approach to address the planet's health woes makes sense. In working toward this goal, we leverage opportunities to collaborate with cross sectoral teams and stakeholders of diverse backgrounds to determine the underlying societal and environmental drivers of these emerging health trends, with careful attention given to areas where humans, domestic animals, and wildlife live in close proximity.
While protecting the health and resilience of wildlife is critical, much of our work focuses on cows, goats, sheep, and chickens. With the world population projected to reach nine billion by 2050, the demand for nutrient dense animal source foods is increasing, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. As global health veterinarians, one of our priorities is to improve livestock health and sustainable production as a means to alleviate food insecurity, improve human health and nutrition, promote animal welfare, and support agropastoral livelihoods. Additionally, we aim to reduce the negative impacts of animal agriculture by working with relevant specialists to integrate agroecological techniques and sustainable animal management practices into traditional farming systems. Through this, and community-led conservation stewardship programs, we aim to increase farmer valuation of biodiversity, wildlife health, and natural resources as essential components that underpin their health and livelihoods.
To learn more about how animal health overlaps with human health, conservation, and community development, read more under Healthy Animals, Healthy Planet.
Ecovet Global is a fiscally sponsored project of Earth Island Institute (EII), a 501(c)(3) organization. EII has received the highest rating from Charity Navigator — America’s largest independent evaluator of non-profit organizations — for our efficient use of funds.