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 World Veterinary Day 2013: ‘Vaccination to prevent and protect’

Annual veterinary celebration reminds of importance of vaccinations  

(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) April 25, 2013—The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) joins veterinarians around the world in recognizing World Veterinary Day 2013—this year celebrated on April 27th—which focuses on the importance of vaccinations this year.          

“The importance of vaccinations is a critical message for World Veterinary Day. Vaccinations both prevent and protect, not only by preventing disease in our pets and livestock, but by protecting people from zoonotic diseases,” says Dr. Douglas Aspros, president of the AVMA. “The success of animal control officers and veterinary professionals in controlling canine rabies in the United States is a good example of how successful vaccines can be in saving the lives of people and pets. In America, less than a handful of people die of rabies every year, while around the world the disease still kills more than 55,000 people annually.”  

World Veterinary Day, established in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association (WVA), celebrates the important work that veterinarians do all around the globe. This year’s celebration will involve veterinarians as far away as South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, Columbia and Myanmar, among many other participating countries, all joining together to let their local communities know how important veterinary medicine is to society worldwide.

 “World Veterinary Day is an opportunity to promote the benefits of veterinary medicine around the world,” explains WVA Vice President Dr. Duane C. Landals, from Alberta, Canada. “While veterinarians are highly respected in the developed world in counties like Canada and the United States, in the developing world a veterinarian’s important work may not be fully understood, and that’s a challenge  we hope to address. Veterinarians in the developing world work every day to combat livestock diseases that cause famine.  They work to prevent the emergence of zoonotic diseases that, with today’s modern transportation of people and animals, can easily cross borders and oceans to affect us all. That’s also the reason that ‘Vaccination to prevent and protect’ is an excellent theme for this year’s World Veterinary Day, because vaccines are one of the strongest tools in any veterinarian’s tool box, no matter where they are working. When used appropriately in the hands of a knowledgeable veterinarian, vaccines prevent illness, death, and animal and human suffering.”

For more information, please the World Veterinary Day website at

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