Celebrating World Veterinary Day 2020
As veterinarians at Full Circle Vet Care, we recognize that veterinarians play an important role in keeping the health of the world’s animals at the highest level possible. We are very proud and happy to contribute to the health and well-being of our animal friends.
Part of what we do is educate pet owners to the links between human, animals and environment. For example, we teach that exposing humans or animals to toxic chemicals is going to be unhealthy for all. This years celebration of World Veterinary Day 2020 is focused on this holistic approach to the world.
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(wide) 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 vet 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 2020 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 WVD 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 WVD and the WVD Award are available at the WVA website.