The 2024 World Veterinary Day is celebrated on 27th of April and has the theme ‘Veterinarians are essential health workers

Veterinarians competencies must be regarded as an essential and integral part of health at large. The application of veterinary science contributes not only to animal health and well-being but also to humans physical, mental and social well-being.

This dimension of the veterinarians’ work often remains invisible to the society but protecting and improving the health of people and their communities is an essential part of the vet profession.

All graduated veterinarians have unergone comprehensive medical training, and regardless of their professional area of practice, are responsible, for promoting public health and food safety and security.

Applications are now open for the World Veterinary Day Award, which honours one WVA Member’s activities related to 2024’s theme.

View and download the campaign materials here.

World Veterinary Day 2023 Theme: Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the Veterinary Profession

The 2023 World Veterinary Day celebrated efforts from veterinarians, veterinary associations and others who advocated for fairness and equity. Removing barriers and improving inclusiveness through diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices, in a diverse world, needs a special focus. The well-being of all veterinarians is enhanced when diversity, equity and inclusion is promoted and applied.

The Nepal Veterinary Association was the winner of the WVD Award 2023 and will be handed their Award at WVAC2024!

Previous World Veterinary Day Award winners

2022: Nigeria Veterinary Medical Association – “Strengthening Veterinarians Resilience” – report

2021: American Veterinary Medical Association – report of all the nominees and the final recipient

2020: Indian Veterinary Association – Kerala: report of all the nominees and the final recipient

2019: Uganda Veterinary Association – report of all the nominees and the final recipient