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WORLD RABIES DAY 2022

Today, the 28th of September 2022 is World Rabies Day. In a joint statement, the World Veterinary Association and the World Medical Association, say that dog-bite transmitted rabies is a disease of neglected populations, frequently in resource-poor areas. This year’s World Rabies Day will continue to highlight and promote these undertakings, with the goal to […]

Call for mentors!

The WVA in partnership with EuFMD (FAO unit) and HealthforAnimals are now launching the call for mentors in Kaduna and Oyo states (Nigeria).

WVA/MSD Animal Health 2022 Veterinary Student Scholarship Program is now open!

WVA/MSD Animal Health Scholarship for 2022 has been launched. Read more to find out more information, eligibility requirements and link to the application.

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


General General

24 Aug 2022

WVA Policy Statements

The purpose of an organisation is defined by its Mission, Vision and Goals. To achieve them, there is a need for a coherent set of decisions and actions with common long-term objectives, relevant to the Veterinary Profession worldwide. WVA devises its policies as a projected program comprising desired objectives and the means to achieve them.

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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

14 Apr 2022

WVA Position Statement on Depopulation of Animals in Disasters and Emergencies

Recent events have shown that pandemics, disasters, notifiable disease outbreaks, and other emergencies, which are capable of disrupting supply chains,  may require animal depopulation. Planning for situations that necessitate depopulation of animals should be part of disaster preparedness at local, regional, national, and international levels.

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Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

14 Apr 2022

WVA Position Statement on the Preparation of veterinary educators to innovate veterinary medical instruction

The WVA recognizes a need to innovate and adapt veterinary educational processes in veterinary education establishments (VEEs). Well-structured and sufficiently resourced veterinary educational programs are needed to prepare veterinary students for challenges in contemporary practice and other careers (private and public practice).

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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

14 Apr 2022

WVA Position Statement on the Use of Horses for Production of Biologics and Therapeutics

Horses are often used in the production of biologics and therapeutics to treat or prevent various conditions in humans and other animals. The welfare of all animals under human care should have the highest priority. For that reason, the WVA calls for updated and transparent management of the overall field, in which ethical and welfare […]

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Upcoming events


2022 ACVS Surgery Summit

ACVS welcomes all veterinary professionals to the Surgery Summit 2022 This year’s Summit features seminars focused on all areas of patient care from diagnosis, pain management, and anesthesia to surgery, postoperative care, and rehabilitation. The entire practice team can gain invaluable skills and earn exceptional continuing education. And new in 2022, the American College of Veterinary […]

12 Oct – 15 Oct 2022

Portland, OR

38th World Veterinary Association Congress 2023

Join us for the 38th WVA Congress that will be held in Taipei, Taiwan on April 26-29, 2023

26 Apr – 29 Apr 2023

Taipei, Taiwan