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According to the World Veterinary Association, veterinarians know that environmental, human and animal health are inextricably linked. The theme of the World Veterinary 2020, which will take place on April 25th, is “Environmental protection to improve human and animal health”.
WVA launched World Veterinary Day in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession that takes place on the last Saturday in April. Starting last year, the WVA teamed up with Health for Animals, the global association for veterinary medicinal products, for the World Veterinary Day Award, which recognizes the activities of a WVA member on this topic.
“In their role as advocates for animal health and animal welfare, veterinarians have the responsibility and the opportunity to protect our environment for future generations,” said the award ceremony. “Your actions can help mitigate the effects of climate change, ensure the proper disposal of pharmaceuticals, and support the responsible use of natural resources (e.g. water and feed) that are necessary for livestock.”
WVA and Health for Animals present the World Veterinary Day Award and US $ 2,500 for the best contribution from a WVA member association, working alone or with other groups, on the annual theme.
In 2019, the theme of World Veterinary Day was “The Value of Vaccination”. The Uganda Veterinary Association won the World Veterinary Day Award 2019 for organizing a series of vaccination campaigns for various animal species and preparing public events promoting the issue and the veterinary profession in Uganda.
For details on World Veterinary Day and the World Veterinary Day Award, visit the World Veterinary Association website.