Zoetis One Health Colloquium: The health of pets affects the health and emotional well

zoetisa leading global animal health company, held this Tuesday November 22 at the Madrid headquarters of the Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations (CEOE) its II Colloquium on ‘One Health’.

In this case, it has been focused on the pets, zoonoses and anthropozoonosesthe importance of prevention in health care and advances in vaccine registration for emerging diseases, its impact on physical and emotional well-being, its important role in assisted therapeutic interventions, and the importance of including the figure of the veterinarian in the current national health system.

The nearly 150 participants in the session, which has also been broadcast streaming Through YouTube, they have had the opportunity to learn first-hand about the position of some of the main agents involved, from ministries, through research organizations and private companies, to veterinary clinic professionals and experts in animal-assisted interventions.

In the act, they have participated as speakers Sergio GarciaGeneral Director of Animal Rights of the Ministry of Social Rights and the 2030 Agenda; diego garciaGeneral Manager and Vice President of Zoetis Southern Europe; israeli cross, director of the Department of International Health at the National School of Health (Carlos III Health Institute); either Alfredo Fernandezdirector of institutional relations at IVC Evidensia.

In addition, they have also participated Mercedes MourinoDirector of Research and Emerging Diseases at Zoetis Manufacturing & Research Spain; begona morenza, director of Yaracán and expert in IAA (animal assisted interventions); Y Delia Salenopresident of the Spanish Veterinary Business Confederation (CEVE). Cristina Riverodirector of the Department of Industry, Energy, Environment and Climate, of the CEOE, has acted as moderator.

During the meeting, the parties agreed on the benefits of advancing towards inclusive health, avoiding divisions between human, animal and environmental health, a need that has become more relevant, if possible, as a result of the pandemic generated by the Covid-19.

“More than 70% of human diseases in the last 40 years are zoonoses. In the case of pets, the borreliosis, rabies, or toxoplasmosis They are some of the most serious and well-known, hence the importance of veterinary prevention, with vaccinations and periodic deworming. But beyond our physical health, living with pets has a decisive impact on our emotional well-being. Taking care of them, of their health and well-being, is, therefore, taking care of ourselves and trying to return to them, at least in part, their contribution to making a better world for all”, he pointed out. diego garcia during the opening of the event.

For his part, during his speech, Sergio Garciahas influenced that despite the fact that the Companion animal census is around 15 million In Spain, data from the REIAC (Spanish Network for the Identification of Companion Animals) shows that only 11 million are identified, leaving the rest outside of veterinary control.

You have also mentioned the high number of dropouts in Spain (300,000 a year), related in many cases to an inability to cope with their care. All these aspects lead, in his opinion, to less care for his health and, therefore, are detrimental to the ‘One Health’ approach.

Consequently, it has indicated that the administration raises a series of legislative developments to, among others, unify the criteria in terms of health and protection of animals at the national level.


    Sergio García Torres, General Director of Animal Rights


    Diego García, general manager and vice president of Zoetis Southern Europe, listening attentively during the event


    Begoña Morenza, general director of Yaracán and expert in Animal Assisted Interventions


    Mercedes Mouriño, Director of Research and Emerging Diseases at Zoetis Manufacturing and Research Spain


    Israel Cruz, Director of International Health of the National School of Health of the Carlos III Health Institute, speaking at the conference


    Delia Saleno, president of the Spanish Veterinary Business Confederation


During his speech, israeli cross has stated that “the health of people, animals, plants and ecosystems are closely related”. “Global changes and the emergence of infectious diseases share common factors, making it imperative that are comprehensively addressedthrough an approach that must mobilize multiple sectors, disciplines and communities at different levels of society”, he highlighted.

In the same line, Alfredo Fernandez has put on the table the fundamental role of the veterinary profession for the success of the ‘One Health’ approach. “The veterinarians -has assured- they are one of the best trained specialists to understand the obvious interrelationships between animal and human diseases and environmental effects. Health risks change dynamically, posing a real challenge for the future of humanity. Factors such as the globalization of markets, the movement of people and animals, global warming or the climate crisis, represent factors that further complicate the epidemiological risks we face”.

Likewise, Mercedes Mourino has exposed a topic of such relevance as the registration of vaccines for emerging diseases. “At Zoetis we take care of the world and people by caring for the health and welfare of animals. We contribute to the ‘One Health’ concept with the development of vaccines against zoonotic diseases such as Covid-19 (which have been donated to zoos) or Lyme disease (in the US and Canada). In addition, this year, Zoetis has been selected by the World Organization for Animal Health as one of the suppliers for the rabies vaccine bank until the year 2025, thus contributing to reaching the goal of 0 human deaths caused by infected dogs by 2030. with rage,” he explained.


Another topic discussed in the colloquium was the dog assisted intervention, which professionally transfers the benefits provided by animals to therapeutic, educational and hospital environments. For begona morenza“intervention programs with dogs manage to increase the effectiveness of the processes in which they intervene, as has been shown by various scientific studies, making the people who are assisted appear more accessible, motivated and stimulated in their presence” .

“The dogs show a close and sincere relationshipThey don’t judge, they don’t feel sorry and they focus on the person and not on their problems. Human beings in contact with dogs experience a reduction in heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol levels in the blood, and secrete endorphins and oxytocin,” he stated.

Finally, Delia Saleno has addressed the scourge of abandonment, emphasizing the importance of aligning the type of animal with the lifestyle of the owners. “There are studies that affirm that the 50% of psychiatrists recommend having a pet to deal with depression, but it is not taken into account that collaboration between the psychiatrist service and the veterinarian is necessary, so that it is the latter who ‘prescribes’ the most suitable animal in each case. This is also ‘One Health’”, she highlighted. In addition, he has stressed that cities, transport, tourism… are not well adapted to living with pets, despite the fact that society demands it more every day.

Cristina Rivero The conference came to an end after emphasizing the fundamental role of companies in the ‘One Health’ concept, especially through the working group that the CEOE is focused on this area, and which acts, among others, as a transmitter with the public administrations involved, contributing and contributing its point of view to enrich and define the legislative texts that are generated on the matter.

With its incorporation into the CEOE and the organization of this event, Zoetis intends, among other things, to raise its commitment to the promotion of health in its broadest sense, with an inclusive and collaborative perspective that considers human, animal, and environmental health as a single and inseparable whole, understanding business collaboration as an important way to promote R+D+i and advance in the challenges that we face in the short and medium term in relation to sustainability.

Zoetis One Health Colloquium: The health of pets affects the health and emotional well-being of people