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Today, the 6th of July is World Zoonoses day. The WVA celebrates the important achievements of mankind toward zoonotic diseases and also the awareness of the population of its importance.


Today, 7th June 2022, the World Veterinary Association celebrates World Food Safety Day. Veterinarians are trained in both animal health and food hygiene to ensure the safety of food of animal origin. Our profession is crucial in controlling and upholding the safety and quality of food. The WVA supports the emphasis on food safety and […]


Today, the 5th of June, the WVA celebrates the World Environment Day organized by UN #OnlyOneEarth. The WVA position statement about the Global Climate Change Emergency established that “Veterinarians, in their role as advocates for animal health and welfare and public health, have a responsibility to protect ecosystem health and demand action to minimize climate […]

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

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