Human health and animal health are inextricably linked. MSD is committed to both.
MSD Animal Health, one of MSD's fastest growing business areas, is dedicated to preserving and improving the health, well-being and performance of both companion and farm animals—which is good not only for animals but also good for humans.
According to the World Health Organization, about 75 percent of the new diseases that have affected humans over the past 10 years have been caused by pathogens originating from an animal or from products of animal origin.
The emergence of these novel pathogenic disease strains is likely to have been accelerated by the interdependency between humans, animals and the environment due to increases in:
DEMAND FOR ANIMAL PROTEIN AS A FOOD SOURCE
Annual meat production is expected to increase from 218 million tons in 1997-1999 to 376 million tons by 2030
INTERNATIONAL TRADE IN LIVE ANIMALS AND FOOD PRODUCTS
79.7 million U.S. households reported owning pets in 2015, up from 66.5 million in 2011
“Strengthening the knowledge exchange between animal health and human health researchers to identify opportunities to prevent disease transmission is more important now than ever,”said Richard R. DeLuca, Jr., president, MSD Animal Health.“Improving animal health may help to improve human health.”
Richard R. DeLuca, Jr., president, MSD Animal Health