New research from the National Institutes of Health suggests that animal health care providers can save millions of lives every year by improving the health of animals and people.
The NIH report, released Wednesday, also offers advice on how to protect animals in the clinic and how to make sure the animals are treated with dignity.
It was released just hours after the American Veterinary Medical Association voted unanimously to adopt a resolution to end animal cruelty in veterinary clinics.
The resolution says veterinarians have a moral obligation to help animals, and that the practice of animal abuse is an integral part of animal care and treatment.
The research, which looked at nearly 30 years of clinical research on the impact of cruelty on animals, found that veterinary clinics had a negative impact on health, the economy and public safety.
The results of the study found that in the first decade of the 21st century, animal care facilities were responsible for 7,700 more deaths than they did during the same period in 2000.
That’s more than double the amount of deaths they caused during the first 10 years of the last century.
The researchers said that because of the increased costs of treating animals, they are now seeing a rise in the number of patients suffering from injuries and illnesses as a result of the animals in animal care centers.
“As veterinarians and their patients are being exposed to the suffering and cruelty of animals in these facilities, they increasingly face financial pressures and a reduction in services that could make them less able to continue caring for animals in their communities,” said Dr. Michael Loehr, the study’s lead author.
“Our findings demonstrate that this increase in animal deaths can have devastating financial consequences.”
Dr. Peter T. Miller, the director of the National Center for Animal Health Sciences at the National Institute of Health, said the findings are “deeply concerning.”
“The impact of animal cruelty on human health, welfare and the environment is well documented, and this study provides compelling evidence that animal care institutions and their employees can have an impact on the quality of care provided to animals and their communities at an even more significant cost than they would otherwise,” Miller said in a statement.
He added, “The public health consequences of animal mistreatment are devastating.
Our nation is not immune from this problem, and it must be addressed in all facets of our lives.”
Researchers looked at animal care practices and deaths from a variety of causes including infections, medical conditions, accidents, accidents and diseases.
They looked at data from more than 4,000 animal health centers across the country from the years 1900 to 2010.
In the years studied, there were more than 10,500 animal deaths each year, an increase of more than 250 percent from 1900.
The researchers also found that, during that period, veterinary clinics in each state had a higher rate of death from diseases, accidents or diseases, and the number was increasing.
For example, the number for the state of North Dakota rose from 2,200 deaths in 1900 to 15,700 deaths in 2010.
The number for Wyoming rose from 5,000 deaths in 1890 to 10,400 deaths in 1990.
And the number from Texas, which has the largest number of veterinarians in the country, rose from 1,000 to 11,700.
For the first time, the researchers found that state veterinary departments were responsible in large part for increasing the number and number of deaths.
In some cases, they were responsible almost entirely for the increase in deaths.
The study found a link between the number, and in some cases the percentage of animal deaths, of veterinaries who participated in animal abuse.
For example, more than half of the states had a majority of veterinars who participated or were involved in animal cruelty.
The study found those veterinarians had a lower chance of ending up in the hospital, receiving an accident or dying.
And while the majority of veterinary care providers were involved, they tended to have lower rates of death and injuries.
For instance, fewer than 1 in 3 veterinarians involved in cruelty died during the study period.
Dr. Anne Schuessler, an associate professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, who led the study, said her study “provides strong evidence that veterinarians are a major source of death, injury and disability for animals across the nation.”
“It is not the veterinary profession that is responsible for all of the animal deaths that occur,” Schuensen said.
“It is the veterinarians that participate in the cruelty and neglect that lead to those deaths.
We need to work to improve the lives of animals before it is too late.”
She said the study showed that while the profession was responsible for some animal deaths and injuries, “there is a lot more that needs to be done to prevent cruelty to animals.”
The report is the latest to link animal abuse to a range of health problems and diseases for humans and animals.
Researchers said their findings could help improve the quality and safety of care for people and animals, especially those who