On April 27, World Veterinary Day 2013 will seek to raise awareness of vaccination as a means to prevent disease.
The World Veterinary Association created World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession, falling on the last Saturday of April. Each year, the WVA and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) choose a theme for the event.
“Vaccination of animals helps people to protect their livestock and their companion animals, as well as themselves in case of zoonotic diseases,” according to an online announcement for World Veterinary Day 2013. “Through well organised campaigns, vaccination contributes to the eradication of diseases from certain areas and even from the world.”
According to the announcement, the veterinary profession is crucial to the success of vaccination in protecting animal health.
The WVA and OIE again are offering the $1,000 World Veterinary Day Award for the most successful celebration of the occasion by a national veterinary association working alone or in cooperation with other veterinary groups.
In 2012, Turkey won the award for best program promoting awareness of antimicrobial resistance. The Turkish VMA and Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology Association-Turkey developed and distributed a 30-page brochure on antimicrobial resistance.
Information about World Veterinary Day and the World Veterinary Day Award is available at www.worldvet.org.