posted April 1, 2005
The World Veterinary Association encourages veterinarians to celebrate World Veterinary Day on April 30. This is the fifth year the WVA has promoted the day, which offers an opportunity for members of the veterinary profession to collectively promote the diverse facets of their work and highlight their contributions to communities.
According to the WVA, the most important issues confronting the veterinary profession are food safety, emerging and reemerging animal diseases and zoonoses, animal welfare, and a sustainable environment. Thus, the WVA suggests that members celebrate World Veterinary Day 2005 under the theme "Veterinarians Meeting the Needs of Society."
In past years, veterinary organizations and clinics from countries including England, India, Japan, Namibia, New Zealand, Slovenia, Tunisia, Turkey, and the United States have celebrated the day in various ways. These include holding ceremonies, hosting seminars, or providing free veterinary care to the needy. This year, for the first time, the WVA and Office International des Epizooties will give an award in recognition of the most successful World Veterinary Day activity.
The AVMA is helping to promote the day by distributing press kits that can be viewed at www.avma.org/press/.
To learn more about World Veterinary Day, visit www.worldvet.org and click on "World Veterinary Day" at the top of the left-hand column. From this site, one will find reports of activities during previous celebrations.