As one-health advocates, veterinarians know that environmental, human, and animal health are inextricably linked, according to the World Veterinary Association. The theme of World Veterinary Day 2020, which falls on April 25, is “Environmental protection for improving animal and human health.”
The WVA created World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession, taking place on the last Saturday of April. Starting last year, the WVA has partnered with Health for Animals, the global animal medicines association, on the World Veterinary Day Award, which honors one WVA member’s activities related to the theme.
“Veterinarians, in their role as advocates for animal health and welfare, have a responsibility as well as the opportunity to safeguard our environment for future generations,” according to the award announcement. “Their actions can help mitigate the effects of climate change, ensure proper disposal of medicines, and support responsible use of natural resources (e.g. water and feed) necessary in raising livestock.”
The WVA and Health for Animals will confer the World Veterinary Day Award and $2,500 for the best contribution on the annual theme by a WVA member association working alone or with other groups.
In 2019, the theme of World Veterinary Day was the “Value of Vaccination.” The Uganda Veterinary Association won the 2019 World Veterinary Day Award for organizing a number of vaccination campaigns in different animal species and preparing public events to promote the theme and the veterinary profession in Uganda.
Details about World Veterinary Day and the World Veterinary Day Award are available at the World Veterinary Association website.