Veterinary Record, Saturday August 8, 2015 [One Health] Comment (Editorial): Veterinary Record (2015) 177:134  doi:10.1136/vr.h4265 “Lines of engagement WITH the theme ‘Drivers towards One Health: strengthening collaboration between physicians and veterinarians’, a conference on One Health held in Madrid earlier this summer was, as Joanne Harries reports on pp 138-139 of this issue, a milestone event, in that it was the first to have been organised jointly by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Medical Association (WMA), with a view to bringing the two professions together. Held in conjunction with the Spanish medical and veterinary associations, the conference featured a strong programme, and was well attended, attracting 330 delegates from 40 countries around the world. As at previous One Health meetings (see, for example, VR, March 21, 2015, vol 176, p 292) speakers made a compelling case for closer collaboration between doctors and vets in meeting the challenges being presented by, for example, antimicrobial resistance, emerging diseases and global demand for food, as well as in responding to natural disasters. However, it was clear from a show of hands that the number of vets attending the meeting greatly exceeded the number of doctors. No one went so far as to suggest, as was suggested at a meeting in London last year, that, with few notable exceptions, ‘Vets get One Health, doctors dont’ (VR, October 18, 2014, vol 175, p 360). However, it was clear that the veterinary profession continues to take the lead in this area and that more must be done to get more members of the medical profession involved. Progress continues to be made in this direction, as evidenced by the fact that the joint WVA/WMA meeting in Madrid was held in the first place. Encouragingly, the medical profession was better represented among the students who were present at the meeting, which should bode well for the future. As well as hearing from the presidents of the International Veterinary Students Association and the International Federation of Medical Students Associations, the meeting also featured a ceremony in which the winners of a competition for students, ‘The Global One Health Challenge’, were presented with their awards. Sponsored by the Global Alliance for Rabies Control and World Animal Protection, the competition, which attracted 28 entries from 17 countries, aimed to encourage students to work together on One Health rabies prevention projects, to build new relationships and strengthen cooperation. It was won by students from St Georges University in Grenada, and a video of their project, which was shown at the conference, was notable for the enthusiasm it conveyed. ...” Please read full text at