The world is facing a broad range of challenges related to agriculture, and particularly the livestock sector, including threats to productivity, the natural
environment and human health. While much research has been conducted into
potential risks and their drivers, the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated how
governments can be affected by shocks that are to some extent predictable but
for which they are often ill prepared. Policy seeks to anticipate and also influence
the future and, as policy-makers, national Veterinary Services have an important
role in both anticipating and influencing the future of their countries and the world.
In the first part of this paper, the author summarises a wide range of Foresight
methodologies and tools relevant to, or used by, Veterinary Services or veterinary
researchers. This discussion is followed by an example of the adaptation and
application of a Foresight framework tailored specifically to Veterinary Services.
Finally, the author draws conclusions on Foresight methodologies useful to
Grace, D. 2021. Foresight methodologies useful to veterinary services. OIE Scientific and Technical Review 40(2): 413–420.