WVA policies

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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One Health One Health

17 Dec 2021

WVA Factsheet on Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus

Avian Influenza (AI) is a highly contagious viral disease that affects both domestic and wild birds.

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Veterinary Profession and Education Veterinary Profession and Education

6 Jul 2021

WVA Policy on the Role of the Veterinarian in Animal Welfare – Revision 2

It is widely acknowledged that animal welfare science is a dynamic and multidisciplinary field. Its application includes scientific and ethical obligations to the physical and mental well-being of animals, and it also has ethical implications in regards to human social and cultural needs.

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One Health One Health

6 Jun 2021

World Food Safety Day

Veterinarians are trained in both animal health and food hygiene to ensure the safety of food of animal origin. These roles are reflected in the recently published WVA Position on the Role of Veterinarians in Food Safety.

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One Health One Health

4 Jun 2021

World Food Safety Day – WVA PR EN

Today, the World Veterinary Association celebrates World Food Safety Day to emphasise the veterinary profession’s crucial role in controlling and upholding the safety and quality of food.

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One Health One Health

22 Apr 2021

WVA Position Statement on Leishmaniosis

Leishmaniasis is a neglected tropical disease, found in approximately 98 countries on 5 continents.

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One Health One Health

22 Apr 2021

WVA Position on the Global Climate Change Emergency

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 change.

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