The Pedro N. Acha Award for Excellence in Veterinary Public Health

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The Pedro N. Acha Award for Excellence in Veterinary Public Health, created in 1993, recognizes the importance of veterinary public health to the peoples of the Americas and to countries’ economies. The health of human beings is tied to the health of animals, both domestic and wild, in many ways. Certain diseases can be transmitted, directly or indirectly, from animals to humans. Infections and parasitic diseases of livestock may kill the animals outright, may necessitate their destruction or may reduce the survivors' production of meat or milk, all of which can in turn reduce the food supply available to humans. Such diseases are also an obstacle to international trade and may become a serious financial drain on the economy of a community or country—an impact which may have broad repercussions for health in a society.

This award recognizes outstanding research based on a thesis written by an undergraduate student in veterinary public health within the last three years. It also aims to encourage dedication to the highest standards of study and professionalism.

The award is one of six in the PAHO/PAHEF Awards for Excellence in Inter-American Public Health Program, which was established in 1975.

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