During the past years, One Health has become an increasingly important element of DCA’s extension programs. One Health links animal health, human health and the environment together. One of DCA’s One Health Activities is to raise awareness on hygienic handling of animals and animal products. Moreover, DCA works together with public health officers to control the spread of zoonotic diseases (diseases that are transmitted from animals to humans).
Extension is an important element of the veterinary programme of DCA. Creating awareness among the farmers is an essential prerequisite for a healthy livestock population.D1 ExtensionExtension also effectively promotes the services of the veterinary field units by increasing demand. From 2008, a special Extension Core Team has been established within DCA. This team has raised the extension activities to a new and professional level. Both VFU staff, as well as special extension workers, are engaged in extension activities. All DCA extension workers are mutually linked into a robust extension system and this extension is demand driven and needs based.