“In Texas we just have to worry about seeing the virus in skunks and bats, but the important thing for people to realize is that at least three-fourths of the human cases of rabies in the United States have been traced back to bat origin,” stated Russell.
Veterinarians also have public health oversight in many food industries such as beef, pork, and poultry. They also promote food security by supervising animal production hygiene.
“Veterinarians are hired by the United States military to monitor the food quality and safety that the troops consume and also provide a safe food supply for our U.S. government personnel in other countries, water included,” said Russell.
Russell noted that the United States Air Force especially is known to use veterinary assistance for their environmental safety officers.
Veterinarians are also vital in protecting the environment and the biodiversity of our planet through research efforts made in the fields of conservation and genetics.
Russell, who has served in the past as president of the World Veterinary Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, noted that we are very fortunate in the United States to hold the gold standard in veterinary medicine.
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