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World Veterinary Day to be celebrated on 25th April 2015

The WVA wishes to all veterinarians around the world a Happy World Veterinary Day 2015.

Veterinarians are a special group of health care professionals and scientists because they prevent disease in animals and treat animals of all kinds around the world.  Healthy animals also contribute to happier and healthier people.

In 2000, the World Veterinary Association initiated World Veterinary Day on the last Saturday of April each year to bring attention to the many ways veterinarians contribute to the health and well-being of animals and people around the world.  Most people know veterinarians as the “animal doctors” for our pets, livestock, horses, and a variety of more diverse animals such as zoo animals and exotic pets such as birds, reptiles, and small mammals.

Yet, veterinarians also are involved in public health to improve the health and welfare of animals, people and the environment, known as “One Health”. Veterinarians investigate disease outbreaks that can be contagious from animals to humans, called zoonotic diseases, like rabies, bird flu and Ebola.  They do research to develop vaccines and cures for diseases in animals that can also help cure and prevent diseases in people.  They develop policies and promote laws to improve the care and welfare of animals around the world.  They care for animals that are used for food, so that beef, pork, fish, and poultry products are safe and nutritious for people. 

Veterinarians are actively involved around the world in education, responsible use of medicines for animals for pain and illness, surveillance to detect and diagnose animal disease conditions, and environmental protection.  Veterinarians care about the health and well-being of animals, people, and the environment we share together because animals affect human health.

In 2008, the WVA together with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) created the World Veterinary Day Award aimed at rewarding the most successful celebration of the contribution of the veterinary profession to society. The theme for the WVD Award 2015 is Vector-borne diseases with a zoonotic potential.

The WVA wishes to all veterinarians around the world a Happy World Veterinary Day 2015.

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