Good animal health is crucial in tackling the grand challenges facing the livestock sector, and presents an exciting opportunity to deliver positive outcomes with One Health benefits for animals, people and the planet.
There is a rich animal health ecosystem in the UK related to farmed, equine and companion animals, and across value chains associated with food production, animal care and recreational activities.
There is a clear need for these strengths to be capitalised on to deliver enhanced animal health and welfare outcomes which support sustainable farming systems while delivering universally high standards of animal care. This need is particularly pressing in relation to delivering ambitious goals rapidly, such as those for achieving Net Zero in the UK by 2050.
Grand challenges such as climate change, food security and endemic disease require adoption of innovative technologies to improve animal health and welfare. Collaboration and capability will be critical for success in achieving this. We need to invest in new or improved animal health products and services.
The UK is a global hub for R&D and innovation excellence in animal health, including key investments by CIEL in world-leading research capability
CIEL’s report ‘Investing in Animal Health’ draws together the breadth of opportunities in animal health where investment can make a significant difference. It makes the case for the UK being ideally positioned for such investment, with the benefits able to be captured by integrated supply chains here and rolled out overseas. It covers the livestock, aquaculture, equine and companion animal sectors to highlight common challenges and opportunities – many of which are cross cutting.
CIEL is ideally positioned to facilitate initiatives in research and innovation, being highly engaged with industry, academia and government in the UK. ‘Investing in Animal Health‘ is designed to highlight the importance of animal health to the future of our food industry and for animals we count as companions and partners in our recreational activity.
The report was accompanied by a special launch webinar where we were joined by report author Prof. Alex Cook from the University of Surrey, who shared highlights from the publication, as well as a discussion panel with guests including NOAH CEO Dawn Howard and Dr Simon Doherty from Queen’s University Belfast. This is now available to watch in the Member area of the CIEL website
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