Conservation medicine is an emerging discipline exemplifying the One Health theme that encompasses a broad range of clinical and non-clinical professional interventions, examining links between human, animal and ecosystem health.
The practice of CM can involve:
- traditional clinical preventative protocols, diagnoses and therapies as performed daily by animal care staffs in managed care facilities such as oceanaria and aquaria
- clinical diagnoses and treatments for rehabilitation of sick or injured free-ranging species, such as in animal rescue facilities
- research specimen and data collections and analyses to better understand the dynamics of, and threats to, populations and their ecosystems
- collaboration with other professionals, such as physicians, public health personnel, biologists, ecologists, sociologists, economists and policy makers for the formulation of rational and effective conservation policy plans that address the root causes of disease and dysfunction at the level of populations and ecosystems