Thursday, 23 May 2024
Thursday, 23 May 2024

Buckingham’s future healthcare professionals learn about One Medicine

HUMANIMAL Trust, the charity founded in 2014 by orthopaedic-neuro veterinary surgeon, Professor Noel Fitzpatrick, recently visited the Royal Latin School in Buckingham to talk to students about the links between humans and animals, and the importance of One Medicine.

The visit was part of the charity’s first-ever teaching scheme, which has been specifically designed to help those students interested in human and animal medicine, and associated professions, to learn about the importance of those disciplines working together so that all species benefit from medical advances, but not at the expense of an animal’s life. This is One Medicine.

The Year 12 students who took part in the lessons explored the similarities between humans and animals; the importance of reciprocity whereby all species benefit; what to include in a human and companion animal first aid kit; and much more.

Rachel Jackson, Schools Education Manager at Humanimal Trust, said:

“Speaking to Year 12 students who are in the Royal Latin School’s Medical Society was a fantastic opportunity. They were really engaged and asked some brilliant questions that showed how passionate they are about their future career paths.

“Education underpins everything we do. It is only by educating the next generation of professionals who will shape human and animal healthcare in the coming decades, that we will change the professional landscape for One Medicine. We need to ensure that every child has the opportunity to learn about the connections between humans and animals; that veterinary and human medical students learn with and from one another; and that practitioners learn continuously from their peers.”

Sally Kay, Assistant Headteacher at the Royal Latin School, said:

“Rachel and the team from Humanimal Trust were incredibly supportive in delivering a series of sessions in a workshop format for our Year 12 aspiring medics, dentists and vets. The students found the sessions very useful in helping them to understand the principles of One Medicine and explore how they can take these concepts into their professional lives working in these vocations. We would like to extend our immense thanks to Humanimal Trust for supporting our students and look forward to working with them in the future.”

For further details about Humanimal Trust’s school visits, please email: rachel@humanimaltrust.org.uk.

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