Press Release

Dentists, Doctors and Veterinarians call for true One Health collaboration starting from university


Outcomes of open debate

on Implementation of One Health in undergraduate education 

One Health is a concept that recognises interlinks between human health, animal health and the environment. The value of the One Health holistic approach is undisputed when it comes to tackling different challenges to public and animal health.


Academics, students, professionals and policy makers were engaged in lively discussions about One Health in Paris on 5th December 2018. Participants exchanged their views’ about the value and necessity for working together on a common understanding of One Health concept and on promoting interdisciplinary collaboration starting from universities. 


The European associations representing medical doctors, dentists, veterinarians and their students remain committed partners for future actions to be undertaken towards the implementation of the One Health approach in education and practice and call on academics and policy makers at national and European level:

  • To work on the development of a clear definition to ensure a common understanding of the One Health concept;
  • To foster exchanges between medical, dental and veterinary schools under the One Health approach;
  • To work together on One Health Competences;
  • To support and ensure the continuation of this open debate;
  • To support the further investigation of implementation of One Health interdisciplinary education of doctors, dentists and veterinarians.

Outcomes of the open debate have been summarised in the briefing report.



The Council of European Dentists (CED) is a European not-for-profit association representing over 340,000 dental practitioners across Europe through 33 national dental associations and chambers in 31 European countries. Established in 1961 to advise the European Commission on matters relating to the dental profession, the CED aims to promote high standards on oral healthcare and dentistry with effective patient-safety centred professional practice, and to contribute to safeguarding the protection of public health. The CED is registered in the Transparency Register with the ID number 4885579968-84. For further information, please contact:


The Standing Committee of European Doctors (CPME) represents national medical associations across Europe. We are committed to contributing the medical profession’s point of view to EU institutions and European policy-making through pro-active cooperation on a wide range of health and healthcare related issues.

• We believe the best possible quality of health and access to healthcare should be a reality for everyone.

• We see the patient-doctor relationship as fundamental in achieving these objectives.

• We are committed to interdisciplinary cooperation among doctors and with other health professions.

We strongly advocate a ‘health in all policies’ approach to encourage cross-sectorial awareness for and action on the determinants of health.

For further information, please contact: RA Annabel Seebohm -


The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is an umbrella organisation of 48 veterinary organisations from 39 European countries, representing over 250.000 veterinarians. FVE strives to promote animal health, animal welfare and public health across Europe. FVE is registered in the Transparency Register with the ID number 3959733732- 78.  FVE  For further information, please contact: Jan Vaarten – 


The European Dental Students Association (EDSA) was founded in Paris in November 1988. Now, the EDSA represents over 65,000 dental students in the European region. More and more dental students do see the need of coming together and talk about their differences but even more about the things they have in common.

The goals of the organisation

         to inform students about the E.C. organisation and politics in relation to dentistry

         to promote, inquire and describe the standardisation of dental curriculum within European dental schools

         to promote exchange programs and encourage students to take part in these programs

         encourage national dental students associations to co-operate on a national level

         to create possibilities to encourage students to meet each other on an individual level

Twice a year, all the delegates of the European Dental Students Association come together to brainstorm for new projects and keep improving the existing. Furthermore, we discuss dental politics, social and domestic affairs. Representatives of the national members (full and prospective) attend these general assemblies.


The European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) is a non-profit NGO representing medical students across Europe. Founded 1990 in Brussels, it is the only voice of students within European Medical Organisations. EMSA is recognized by the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the United Nations. The association provides a platform for high-level advocacy, projects, trainings, workshops and international meetings. EMSA envisions a united and solidary Europe in which medical students actively promote health. We want to empower medical students to advocate health in all policies, excel in medical research, interprofessional healthcare education and the protection of human rights across Europe.


The International Veterinary Students’ Association (IVSA) is a not-for-profit organization for veterinary students across the globe. The association was founded in 1953 in Germany and is voluntarily run by veterinary students since then. The mission of IVSA is to benefit the animals and people of the world, which is tried to accomplish by promoting and enabling international application of veterinary skills, education and knowledge. IVSA has approximately 30.000 members, who study at one-hundred different universities in over fifty different countries, representing every continent of the world.

IVSA is registered at the Transparency register with number 539959125869-16. IVSA For further information please contact: Malcolm Chong or Denise van Eekelen - 


For more information contact:
CED Brussels Office
Tel: + 32 2 736 34 29

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