UK vets have established a new department dedicated to tackling the issue of meeting the growing global hunger problems in a sustainable and ethical way.
The Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has created the a new academic division, the department of production and population health, to look into a wide range of issues, which include production and farm animal health, population medicine, veterinary public health, animal welfare and agricultural economics, to name just a few.
The move follows the news from last year that the RVC has been appointed as a Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Reference Centre in Veterinary Epidemiology; one of only two such centres in the world.
Professor Stuart Reid, principal of the RVC, said: “Bringing these important areas into a single entity demonstrates the College’s commitment to addressing the major global issue of sustainably produced food.
"Through this new department, we will strengthen our offer in terms of teaching, research and clinical service throughout the food chain, from primary production to consumption, at the level of the individual animal through to biosecurity and control at the resolution of the population.
"It will also allow us to support better the FAO in their goal to achieve food security for all. As an epidemiologist myself I am excited at the prospect of a renewed focus and energy in this critical area.”