Animal health professionals need to have an understanding of the application of economics to animal health, and the current economic crisis makes the need for these skills all the more urgent. In their paper Elizabeth L. Jackson, Barbara Häsler & Jonathan Rushton of Department of Production & Population Health, Royal Veterinary College highlight how the best use of economics will improve decision-making on animal health on so many levels. Economics can add value to disease impact assessments, assisting understanding of people’s incentives to participate in animal health measures, and refining resource allocation of public and private animal health budgets.

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