Last news


WVA was at WOAH 91st GS and 100th Anniversary

From May 26th to 30th, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH – founded as OIE), held its 91st General Session (GS), celebrated 100 years in an event that saw over 1.100 participants, including representatives from 183 WOAH members and several partner organisations that, like WVA, are in official relations with WOAH. Elections were held in person and several standard setting resolutions approved.   Dr Mark Shipp, the new WVA Councillor for Asia and Oceania, and Past President of WOAH Council was awarded with WOAH’s Gold Medal.

Read more

WHO’s WHA77 gathers all health partners in Geneva

The 77th World Health Assembly (WHA77) was held from May 27th to June 1st in Geneva, and covered topics of global health security, universal health coverage, and sustainable financing. In his speech, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, recognised that outbreaks, disasters, conflicts, and climate change are causing death, disability, hunger, and psychological distress worldwide. The WVA participated in the WHA77 and had the chance to meet with its focal point, Dr Bernadette Abela-Rider, Team Leader Neglected Zoonotic Diseases, with colleagues from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and from the AMR Multistakeholder Partnership.

Read more

European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education host their General Assembly in Paris

Dr John de Jong, WVA President, was graciously received by Drs Stephane Martinot and Pierre Lekeux at the veterinary school in Maisons-Alfort, the second oldest in France, following Lyon, and founded in 1765! He had the opportunity to speak about WVA’s continued work on veterinary education as well as accreditation, continuing education, and licensure and strengthening the entire veterinary teams.

Read more

WVA President at the AMR hearing at the United Nations

United Nations members, key specialists and stakeholders, among which the WVA, gathered in New York for a hearing on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Participants engaged in insightful discussions, exchanging views on key priorities and challenges regarding AMR containment plans at national, regional, and global levels. The hearing was held in preparation for the upcoming high-level meeting on AMR to happen in September, along with the United Nations’s General Assembly, and of the adoption of a new Declaration on AMR which will secure political engagement to address this worldwide emergency.

Read more

Subscribe to the WVA Newsletter

Humans, animals and environment

One Planet – One Health

I want to welcome you to access the World Veterinary Association website. In it, we want to show who we are and what we do to be the voice of the global veterinary medicine. We want to be recognized, respected and trusted to influence worldwide in our task to improve animal health, animal welfare, public health and the environment, in short, for the good of humanity, animals and our planet.

The WVA is a federation of veterinary associations based on the respect for diversity that makes us stronger. Mutual collaboration and solidarity are our signs of authenticity. And science, education and advocacy are the instruments to achieve our goals.

For a global association like ours, communication is essential. But this communication must be bidirectional, so I want to encourage you, dear guest, to send us your ideas through our contact section or any other way.

Thank you for the time you spend visiting our website, now and in the future.”

Dr. Rafael Laguens, WVA President

WVA Position Statements


Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

18 Apr 2024

Factsheet on Donkey Skin Trade and Welfare of Donkeys

Demand for ejiao is increasing, leading to global trade and poaching of donkeys. Almost 6 million skins currently being harvested annually to be used to produce collagen for a  traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), called eijiao. The rampant killing of donkeys for the skin trade leads to the impoverishment of local communities, loss of opportunities for women, and impairs access to education for children, water provision and agricultural sustainability. The global donkey population stands at~53.4million. The donkey population in China alone has decreased from ~11 million in 1992 to just under 2 million in 2020 (FAOSTAT,2021). 

Download document

Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

5 Apr 2024

WVA Position Statement on Veterinary Para-Professionals

The WVA recognises the critical role played by Veterinary Para-Professionals (VPPs) in supporting the performance of veterinary veterinary services (PVS). Further, VPPs should be regulated by Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) or equivalent Veterinary Professional Authority (VPA) to perform tasks designated by territorial laws and guidelines. WVA also recognises that in some remote and rural areas […]

Download document

Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

14 Mar 2024

WVA Position Statement on Day One Competencies for Veterinarians

At a global level, veterinary professionals must be competent to address issues related to the prevention and control of animal diseases to ensure animal health, animal welfare, public health, and environmental and ecosystem health. Using WOAH Day-1 Competencies as a foundation, WVA recommends that all veterinary training programs incorporate the following Day-One Competencies along with […]

Download document

Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

14 Mar 2024

WVA Position Statement on Identifying a Veterinary Professional

Only individuals qualified by virtue of completing appropriate education and training can be identified as a veterinary doctor, veterinarian, veterinary surgeon or any other term that implies that they are entitled to engage in the professional practice of veterinary medicine pursuant to registration by the statutory veterinary regulatory authority in their jurisdiction.

Download document

Upcoming events