1 Mar 2022

World Veterinary Day 2022 – Theme Announcement

 The 2022 World Veterinary Day will be held on 30th April 2022 and is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions of veterinarians to the health of animals, people and the environment.

Applications are now open for the World Veterinary Day Award, which honours one WVA Member’s activities related to 2022’s theme.

Find out more about the award and how to apply here (ES) (FR)

Applications are due by 30th May 2022.

The Theme

The veterinary profession is a profoundly rewarding pursuit. Safeguarding animals against illness means protecting those who can suffer but cannot speak. Veterinarians are called upon to ensure these animals have a voice and an advocate who ensures their welfare is a priority.

Veterinarians are aware though that this burden can be physically and mentally taxing. Stress, burnout and other health issues have risen in recent years, particularly during the pandemic.

Veterinarians, much like their patients, need proper tools and support to maintain their personal health and wellness. Healthy animals require healthy advocates. Resilient veterinarians are better equipped to handle the daily challenges and crises that may occur in their practices.

Resilience cannot be facilitate solely by individual veterinarians though. It requires appropriate support by associations, institutions and governments to ensure adequate education, training, mentorship, and collegiality. It also requires ongoing research to better understand the mental and physical burdens veterinarians face and the opportunities to provide greater support.

The 2022 World Veterinary Day will celebrate efforts from veterinarians, veterinary associations and others to strengthen veterinary resilience and bring attention to this important cause