AMRRIC One Health programs are an integrated veterinary service and education program. Our One Health approach recognises the inextricable links between human, animal and environmental health and wellbeing. The immediate objectives of our programs are stable and healthy companion animal populations, however in the long term, the focus of our One Health approach is sustainability and capacity building, so that communities can be empowered to confidently and effectively manage their own companion animal populations.
AMRRIC veterinary programs humanely control the dog population, resulting in an improvement in the general health and condition of the dogs. Our education programs promote community discussion about the health and management of dogs, and get community members thinking about how to keep dogs happy, healthy and safe. When delivered together, veterinary and education programs have measurable impact on dog numbers, health and welfare, and give community members the knowledge and skills to care for their pets.
Building on the observable impacts delivered by veterinary programs, our education programs allow us to bring long-term benefits by engaging community members in conversations about dog health and how it affects family health. Public health and animal welfare messages are delivered in AMRRIC’s school and community educational activities and resources, promoting responsible pet ownership, animal empathy, health and hygiene, and safety around animals. AMRRIC Education Officers also deliver training to Indigenous Animal Management and Environmental Health Workers, aiming to share the necessary skills and knowledge so that they can effectively work with veterinary teams, and deliver important educational messages to their own communities.
Objectives of One health Programs