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World Antimicrobial Resistance Week – Together for Public Health

AMR poses a formidable threat to humans, animals, plants, and the environment, affecting all facets of life. This year’s WAAW theme promotes cross-sector collaboration to preserve the effectiveness of these critical medicines. Combatting AMR demands a united One Health approach, with all sectors coming together to promote prudent antimicrobial use and preventive measures.

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Register to the WVA Webinar ‘Illicit use of veterinary drugs: from ketamine to xylazine’

Join us on the 7th of December! The illict use of veterinary drugs presents a growing concern with significant implications for public health and safety. WVA is organizing the webinar ‘Illicit use of veterinary drugs: from ketamine to xylazine’ to fill knowledge gaps, foster collaboration, raise awareness, and equip stakeholders with the necessary tools to combat the issue effectively.

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WVA Planetary Health Survey – education gap analysis

WVA’s One Health Education Subgroup has launched a global initiative to evaluate the current Planetary Health educational efforts and gaps throughout veterinary medicine and beyond, the ‘Planetary Health Survey – education gap analysis’.  This project practices the ‘One Health’ approach by collaborating with several prominent global professional and student associations from various health sectors to compare and contrast findings.

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INB and WVA’s Participation in WHO’s Pandemic Prevention Agreement

The 7th meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) began on November 6, 2023, at the WHO headquarters. This critical meeting aims to draft an international agreement for pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. WVA is actively engaged in the discussions that will lead to the final ‘Pandemic Accord’.

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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

Pharmaceutical Stewardship Pharmaceutical Stewardship

25 Aug 2023

WVA Position Statement In Opposition To International Scheduling Of Ketamine

The World Veterinary Association (WVA) strongly objects to international control of ketamine, as this could lead to ketamine being no longer available to veterinary and medical practitioners for clinical use..

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One Health One Health

20 Jul 2023

WVA position regarding Dog-Mediated Rabies

The World Veterinary Association (WVA) supports the view that dog-mediated rabies is an entirely preventable disease and that veterinarians have a key role to play in eliminating this risk to human health, and animal health and welfare.

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One Health One Health

15 Mar 2023

WVA Position Statement on One Health Education

WVA recognizes that the One Health concep should be present in veterinary education. WVA encourages veterinary schools to conduct a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach with a One Health mind-set throughout the curriculum.

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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

20 Jan 2023

WVA Position Statement on Pain Management in Farmed Animals

Appropriate pain recognition and management is critical for improving the welfare of farmed animals. The WVA calls on its members to advocate for better protections for farmed animal welfare in their country or region.

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