Between 2000 and 2016, almost 360 animal disease outbreaks were recorded across 116 countries, causing enormous economic losses, impacting trade, and affecting global food security. Of these outbreaks, two-thirds were caused by just five diseases, including Avian Influenza, Foot and Mouth Disease, and African Swine Fever (ASF), highlighting the opportunities available to better target and manage livestock disease.
At the same time, pet ownership has skyrocketed across the globe. Over 50% of households in major markets currently own a pet, and in the U.S. pet ownership sits at 67% This has led to more veterinarian visits, which offers the opportunity for improved care to allow pets to thrive.
Scientific advances and emerging technologies provide greater opportunities to predict, prevent, diagnose, and treat animal illness more quickly, accurately, and safely. Artificial intelligence, stem cell therapy, and new generations of vaccines will all play a crucial role in how we care for and treat animals. Veterinary researchers and developers continue to break new ground in reducing disease spread and its impact. The result is untold potential to improve animal welfare, protect livelihoods, raising livestock more sustainably, and offer longer, healthier lives for pets in our home.