Zoobiquity: The Intersection of Human and Animal Health
Dr. Jared Romero
Human and animal life will forever be intertwined. Humans rely on animals for food, transportation, companionship, and research, amongst other things. Humans and animals share many of the same environments as well as an evolutionary history. Humans have a vested interest in an interdisciplinary approach to health, The term “Zoobiquity” was coined by Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers and became the focus of a book by the same name. Natterson-Horowitz defines Zoobiquity as the intersection of clinical human medicine, behavioral medicine, veterinary medicine, and evolutionary biology. Humans are animals; it makes sense to take a One Health approach toward the health and well-being of both the human and animal populations. Many diseases and health issues affect humans and animals. Studying comparative biology and interprofessional collaborations can provide a more in-depth framework for identifying and treating both communicable and noncommunicable health issues such as zoonotic diseases, metabolic disorders, immunodeficiency, neurological disorders, cardiovascular disease, reproductive health, antimicrobial resistance to drugs, ethical considerations, and the effects of social, environmental and climate changes. Coordinated efforts between veterinary and human medicine will benefit both animals and humans and lead to more effective research and solutions for the issues facing all life on earth.
Johnson, Lindsey E. and Romero, Jared, "Zoobiquity: The Intersection of Human and Animal Health" (2020). 2020 Undergraduate Research Showcase. 87.