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Dr Patricia Turner winner of the 2022 AVMA Animal Welfare Award

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has awarded Patricia Turner, WVA’s immediate past president, with the AVMA Animal Welfare Award 2022. The AVMA recognized Patricia Turner “to honour her decades dedicated to improving farm and laboratory animal welfare through teaching, training, service, research, advocacy and policy development.” Dr Turner has expressed her deep honour to […]

9 May 2022

37th World Veterinary Association Congress report

The 37th World Veterinary Association Congress (WVAC2022) was held from the 29th to the 31st of March, 2022 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The congress was held as a hybrid event accomodating both in-person and virtual participation. The three congress days were packed with interesting lectures by more than 70 expert speakers, delivering 6 […]

5 May 2022

The WVA welcomes Mrs Yvonne Nino as the new WVA Policy Officer

Yvonne is a practising lawyer from Spain that is currently doing a Master’s degree in Animal Law and Society at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona with a special focus on animals, ethology, nutrition and animal welfare. Yvonne also holds Master’s Degree in Law Practice and International Law. Yvonne will support the WVA Secretariat in implanting the WVA tasks and projects. The […]

4 May 2022

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

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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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

17 Dec 2021

WVA Factsheet on Brachycephaly in Dogs

Flat faced’ dogs such as English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and Pugs have become very fashionable in recent years. Many people buy these dogs because they think they look cute.

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Upcoming events

27th FECAVA Eurocongress 2022

The joint FECAVA/CSAVA Eurocongress held finally from 8 to 11 June 2022 in Prague.

8 Jun – 11 Jun 2022


Advancing Animal Welfare Science 2022

The conference will be feature talks from established animal welfare researchers and those at the beginning of their career to hear about the latest research, innovations and thinking.

28 Jun – 29 Jun 2022