In celebration of World Veterinary Day, April 26, 2014, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is launching a comprehensive online/mobile animal welfare hub and will provide the AVMA’s voice to a Global Webinar on Animal Welfare, April 29.
“The welfare of animals is of primary concern to veterinarians,” said Dr. Gail Golab, director of the AVMA Animal Welfare Division. “Animal welfare is a multi-faceted issue that involves complex measurements across many scientific disciplines, as well as ethical considerations, social norms and diverse, deeply held perspectives. Our animal welfare hub allows us to pull together and grow trusted resources, and facilitate opportunities for learning and respectful dialogue in an easily navigated one-stop shop.”
Resources include information on all aspects of animal well-being, such as proper breeding and selection, housing, nutrition, management, disease and injury prevention and treatment, and humane handling, across a range of species.
In addition to launching its animal welfare hub, the AVMA is participating in the Global Webinar on Animal Welfare co-hosted by the World Veterinary Association and the European Commission on April 29.
The World Veterinary Association created World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession – to be observed on the last Saturday of April. Each year, the WVA and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) choose a theme for the event. In light of increased global and societal interest and concern on how animals are used and treated, animal welfare was selected as the theme for World Veterinary Day 2014.
“We hope our new Animal Welfare Hub will make it much easier to locate the AVMA’s animal welfare policies, guidelines, literature reviews and other resources on www.avma.org.