The WVA is proud to announce the 2019 World Veterinary Day theme: Value of Vaccination that will be held on 27 April 2019

and is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of veterinarians to the health of animals and society.

Applications are now open for the World Veterinary Day Award, which honours one WVA Member’s activities related to this theme.

The WVA is partnering with HealthforAnimals to improve visibility of the Award and increase the value of the award to $2500. Applications are due by 27th May 2019.

The Award 

For nearly 20 years, World Veterinary Day has been an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of veterinarians to the health of animals and society. Each year, we honour one WVA Member Association that has undertaken activities that best embody the annual theme of the World Veterinary Day Award.

The 2019 World Veterinary Day will celebrate the Value of Vaccination. Vaccines are one of the most valuable tools in any veterinarian’s arsenal. These medicines protect the health of animals and the livelihood of farmers.

The World Veterinary Association will co-host the 2019 World Veterinary Day Award with HealthforAnimals, the global animal medicines association. The Award is open to all WVA Veterinary Associations who may submit evidence of any activities that demonstrate their support of the value of vaccination.

This could include local vaccine campaigns for animals, educational seminars for the public, media campaigns, new research, or anything else that promotes the value of vaccination.

The Award value has increased to USD $2500. Funds will be provided directly to the Association, which may use it for activities, reward hard-working staff, provide scholarships, support their community, etc.

Why apply

The World Veterinary Day Award is an opportunity to:

· Showcase your Association’s diligent efforts to the global veterinary community

·  Receive a prize of USD$2500 to fund new activities, reward staff, provide scholarships, etc.

·  Be honoured during a ceremony in your country/region or at the 2020 WVA Congress

· Improve the visibility and recognition of the veterinary profession in your country and worldwide

The theme

The 2019 World Veterinary Day and Award theme is Value of Vaccination. Vaccination is an essential tool for preventive veterinary medicine, promotion of animal health and welfare, and reducing the risk of human exposure to many zoonotic pathogens.

Historically, immunization practices and vaccination protocols have contributed to significantly reduce the prevalence of many life-threatening diseases. The risks of not vaccinating can be significant to individual animals and populations, and can have consequences on livelihoods of rural livestock producers in economically developed and emerging regions.

Effective vaccination programs, broadly implemented, are likely to reduce the need for antimicrobials, which in turn can help reduce the risk of emergent antimicrobial resistance. The World Veterinary Association and HealthforAnimals believe it is essential for the global veterinary profession to educate the public, particularly animal owners and producers, about the benefits of vaccination for animal, human, and public health.

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