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World Veterinary Day Award 2015

The WVA is delighted to launch the World Veterinary Day Award 2015. This year's theme is Vector-Borne Diseases with a Zoonotic Potential.

World Veterinary Day was instigated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000 to be celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April. In 2008 the WVA and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) agreed on the creation of the World Veterinary Day Award aimed at rewarding the most successful celebration of the contribution of the veterinary profession to society.

The winner of the 2015 Award will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the OIE 83rd General Session to be held in Paris, France on 24 May 2015 and will be invited to the 32nd World Veterinary Congress, 13-17 September in Istanbul, Turkey where he/she will receive the price of 1.000 US$.

The competition is open to all WVA veterinary associations, alone, or in cooperation with any other selected veterinary body.

SELECTED THEME 2015: Vector-Borne Diseases with a Zoonotic Potential

- Vector-borne zoonotic diseases are becoming a major public health concern in all world regions and are not limited only to tropical and subtropical areas.

- Changes in Global climate influences the increase of emerging and re-emerging vector-borne diseases and disease outbreaks (e.g. West-Nile Disease, Leishmaniosis etc.).

- Vector-borne zoonotic diseases are an important example of the interdependence that exists between vectors, animal hosts, climate conditions, pathogens, and susceptible human population.

- Veterinarians are key actors of the One Health Concept at the animal-human-environment interface. Therefore, they play a central role in safeguarding Public Health.

- Collaboration and coordination between veterinarians and physicians are fundamental to prevent and then treat vector-borne diseases.

Click HERE for the the announcement document (including the selection process) and the application form for the World Veterinary Day Award 2015 in English, French and Spanish.