Veterinary medicine is the branch of medicine that deals with the prevention, control, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, disorder, and injury in animals. Along with this, it also deals with animal rearing, husbandry, breeding, research on nutrition and product development. The scope of veterinary medicine is wide, covering all animal species, both domesticated and wild, with a wide range of conditions which can affect different species.
Veterinary medicine is widely practised, both with and without professional supervision. Professional care is most often led by a veterinary physician (also known as a vet, veterinary surgeon or veterinarian), and sometimes also by veterinary nurses or technicians. This can be augmented by other paraprofessionals with specific specialisms such as animal physiotherapy or dentistry, and species relevant roles such as farriers. (Wiki)
Future of Veterinary Medicine
According to the aavmc organisation, in today’s world, veterinary medicine provides exceptional value to society with broad responsibilities for the animal, human, and planetary health. Our profession is often ranked among the most highly respected in healthcare, with good reason. The future is decidedly bright for veterinary medicine based upon its societal contributions, including animal welfare and wellbeing, biomedical research, food animal health and production, safeguarding the health and role of companion animals in our society, and conservation of species. Strengthening this relevance will ensure that veterinarians have a “seat at the table” and that they are invited to even more “tables” beyond their traditional roles. Modern society is moving from relatively slow-paced, linear growth to exponential growth underpinned by rapidly advancing, disruptive technologies in a global setting. How will veterinary medicine be affected in this new world? More importantly, they pose the question about how veterinary medicine can rapidly leverage changing technologies, new business models, and human resources across generations, not only to survive but to thrive well into the future?
Veterinary Healthcare Delivery
Profession wise, the need to develop sustainable models of delivery which ensures appropriate access to quality medical care to as many animals as possible. There are millions of animals that are not receiving the level of care they should get for reasons such as the owner’s financial or physical inability to provide care and location in remote areas. While pet ownership is increasing, patient visits to companion animal clinics are declining.
Future models of healthcare are likely to change how animal patients; companion animals, livestock species; receive care in ways that expand the scope of services provided and fundamentally change the practice of veterinary medicine. Large corporate practices have the potential to increase efficiency along with progressive, independent practices, improve health outcomes by providing unparalleled levels of personalized medicine. Other targeted types of practices and innovative access modalities will likely emerge to provide issue-targeted care for lower-income and remotely located individuals. Artificial intelligence, machine learning, and predictive analytics will assist veterinary healthcare providers to meet patient, client, and practice goals more effectively by improving accuracy, enhancing decision-making, and increasing the probability of desired outcomes.
As new technologies evolve almost every aspect of veterinary healthcare will be affected. Technologies applied to health monitoring will increase the availability and accuracy of diagnostic tools and patient data will change the way care is provided. Better access to more easily utilized in-home and on-farm diagnostics, improvements in communication speeds and tools, and the maturation of virtual reality will converge to provide veterinary professionals with the ability to connect remotely with clients and patients in a manner that allows clinical services to be competently provided irrespective of the actual location of the doctor and patient. This will help veterinarians and staff members improve efficiency, decrease costs, and minimize burnout, while simultaneously restructuring and improving the practice revenue paradigm. The quality and scope of veterinary healthcare will also expand by utilizing virtual, augmented, and extended reality.