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World Veterinary Day Award 2018 - And the winner is…

The WVD is celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April to recognize the work of veterinarians around the world and their contributions to improve animal health and welfare and public health.

Each year, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) organize the World Veterinary Day Award to reward the most successful contribution by the veterinary profession on the selected annual theme. For 2018, the theme was “The role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security and safety”.

Faced with global challenges such as the growing world population and the rise in demand for animal protein, the environment’s deterioration and decrease of natural resources and the emergence of zoonotic diseases, veterinarians are playing a crucial role in securing the development of more sustainable, responsible and efficient livestock production systems. Veterinarians are responsible for the prevention and control of animal disease outbreaks, ensuring that the world population will have sufficient and safe high-quality food through the control and inspection of animal products at all stages “from farm to fork”.

By the indicated deadline, the WVA and OIE received 20 project applications. The review committee assessed the quality of the projects and related activities, the ability to raise awareness on the 2018 theme and actions taken contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

On 25th June, the WVA and OIE selected the application received from Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA) as the winner of the 2018 World Veterinary Day Award. The official presentation of the WVD Award will take place in Kampala, Uganda on 29-30th November 2018 during the UVA general meeting and CPD Symposium.

The application underlined the strong commitment of the Uganda Veterinary Association to promote the World Veterinary Day and to celebrate the veterinary profession together with farmers, political authorities, veterinary industry and the general public. Through its activities, the UVA created awareness campaigns about the important role of veterinarians in sustainable development, food security and safety. UVA prepared a number of press conferences, documentary TV, radio talk shows and a march giving visibility to the profession and 2018 WVD theme. UVA also organized open seminars on public health issues highlighting the importance of animal care and offered free surgeries, vaccinations, deworming consultations and farm based training on “farm biosecurity and animal welfare”.

The WVA would like to thank all the veterinary associations and other entities that celebrated the WVD 2018, recognizing their efforts and preparations to celebrate the veterinary profession under the WVD 2018 theme. Please find, hereafter short summaries of the celebrations and activities around the world, promoting the veterinary profession.