WVA policies

Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

18 Apr 2024

Factsheet on Donkey Skin Trade and Welfare of Donkeys

Demand for ejiao is increasing, leading to global trade and poaching of donkeys. Almost 6 million skins currently being harvested annually to be used to produce collagen for a  traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), called eijiao. The rampant killing of donkeys for the skin trade leads to the impoverishment of local communities, loss of opportunities for women, and impairs access to education for children, water provision and agricultural sustainability. The global donkey population stands at~53.4million. The donkey population in China alone has decreased from ~11 million in 1992 to just under 2 million in 2020 (FAOSTAT,2021). 

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Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

5 Apr 2024

WVA Position Statement on Veterinary Para-Professionals

The WVA recognises the critical role played by Veterinary Para-Professionals (VPPs) in supporting the performance of veterinary veterinary services (PVS). Further, VPPs should be regulated by Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) or equivalent Veterinary Professional Authority (VPA) to perform tasks designated by territorial laws and guidelines. WVA also recognises that in some remote and rural areas […]

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Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

14 Mar 2024

WVA Position Statement on Day One Competencies for Veterinarians

At a global level, veterinary professionals must be competent to address issues related to the prevention and control of animal diseases to ensure animal health, animal welfare, public health, and environmental and ecosystem health. Using WOAH Day-1 Competencies as a foundation, WVA recommends that all veterinary training programs incorporate the following Day-One Competencies along with […]

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Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

14 Mar 2024

WVA Position Statement on Identifying a Veterinary Professional

Only individuals qualified by virtue of completing appropriate education and training can be identified as a veterinary doctor, veterinarian, veterinary surgeon or any other term that implies that they are entitled to engage in the professional practice of veterinary medicine pursuant to registration by the statutory veterinary regulatory authority in their jurisdiction.

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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

28 Feb 2024

WVA Position Statement on the Protection of Animals During Disasters and Armed Conflict

The WVA considers that there is an urgent need for national preparedness plans and coordinated international veterinary relief geared towards support of animals, as well as consideration of protections of ecosystems and habitats during armed conflict and natural disasters.

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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

28 Feb 2024

WVA Position Statement on Position Statement on Control of Inappropriately Aggressive Dogs

The WVA recognizes that inappropriately aggressive dogs may pose a significant threat to humans and other animals and calls for education, community involvement, owner responsability and appropriate legislation.

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Animal Welfare Animal Welfare

31 Jan 2024

Factsheet on Working Equids Welfare

There are over 116 million working equids and they support over 600 million people worldwide.  Despite the development of global standards, many working equids still experience poor welfare.

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One Health One Health

30 Dec 2023

WVA Position Statement on One Health

The WVA advocates and supports the advancement of One Health (OH). The health and well-being of people, animals, plants, and their interconnected ecosystems depend on strategic, effective and sustainable collaborative partnerships among professions, disciplines and societies.

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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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