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Engaging scientists and veterinarians in strengthening biosecurity systems

Author(s) : W. Hueston

Summary :

The engagement of both scientists and veterinarians in strengthening biosecurity systems is of paramount importance to ensure resilience and sustainability. Such commitment from scientists and veterinarians begins during their university education, is nurtured by the examples set by their mentors, and continues into their careers through professional development and the wisdom gained from experience. Resilient and sustainable biosecurity systems also require an organisational culture that encourages, recognises and rewards scientists and veterinarians who are committed to biosecurity education, research, outreach and preparedness. At present, such involvement is complicated by the range of definitions of biosecurity used in the life sciences and veterinary medicine, and by the various international organisations with biosecurity responsibilities. Biosecurity represents both a public and a private good. However, the priority given to biosecurity education, research, outreach and implementation differs widely among the public, private and academic sectors. The public sector has the broadest engagement and the broadest mandate for biosecurity.

Keywords

Biosecurity – Capacity-building – Scientific training – Veterinary education.

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