World Veterinary Day Award 2015. And the winner is.......

At the Opening Ceremony of the OIE 83rd General Session that was held in Paris, France, on 24 May 2015, the WVA President, Dr René Carlson announced the winner of the World Veterinary Award 2015.

After in-depth selection process, the WVA and OIE selected the College of Veterinarians of Costa Rica, together with the Costa Rican National Animal Health Service, as the winner of the WVD 2015 award for their comprehensive awareness campaign on the prevention of equine encephalitis and West Nile fever.

The campaign included the dissemination of the information on Equine Encephalitis and West Nile fever to the wide public via mass media on national level and via social networks, continuous training of health professionals on zoonotic diseases and the creation of the Costa Rican Society of Specialist in Zoonosis and scientific studies.

The College of Veterinarians of Costa Rica representative will be invited to the 32nd World Veterinary Congress, 13-17 September in Istanbul, Turkey where he/she will receive the Award and a price of 1.000 US$.


World Veterinary Day was instigated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000 to be celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April. The aim of the WVD is to promote the veterinary profession to a large audience, including the general public and to attract the attention of mass media. The WVD gives veterinarians the opportunity to highlight the important contribution of the veterinary profession to the benefit of society and all animals (Animal Health, Animal Welfare and Public Health.

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.

Each year, the WVA and OIE select a theme for the WVD Award, this year; the selected theme is 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.

·         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.