The WVA is delighted to launch the World Veterinary Day Award 2014. This year's theme is Animal Welfare.

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

The winner of the 2014 World Veterinary Day Award will be invited to the OIE 82nd General Session of the World Assembly of National Delegates to be held in Paris, France on 25 May 2014 where he/she will receive the WVD 2014 Award and a price of 1000 US$.


In the last decades, there is a global increase of societal interest and
concern on how animals are used and treated.

The societal expectation from the veterinary profession regarding Animal Welfare now expands well beyond simply individual veterinary daily practices.

The veterinary profession has a unique position between man and animal to deliver animal welfare services to the benefit of all animals and society.

The theme of Animal Welfare was chosen to highlight the role of veterinarians in Animal Welfare in line with OIE standards and the great contribution of the veterinary profession to animals and society around the globe.

The announcement document and the application form for the World Veterinary Day Award 2014, can be found in the library under World Veterinary Day section in English, French and Spanish.