World Veterinary Day 2018

April 30, 2018

World Veterinary Day

April 28th, 2018 was the 18th annual World Veterinary Day. World Veterinary Day was created in April 2000 by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) to recognize and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the world. Each year, the WVA chooses a theme of focus. This year’s theme focuses on “The role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security, and safety.”

Sustainable Development

A large portion of the world’s inhabitants live in a rural environment. As a result, animals are often a main source of income and a necessary means to produce, eat and transport resources. Veterinarians are needed more than ever to support animal health care in researching, preventing, and controlling deadly diseases. As the population grows, human and animal interactions occur more frequently. This increases the likelihood of humans contracting zoonotic diseases, or diseases that can affect both humans and animals. Thankfully, veterinary science and their study of many different species, can control dangerous diseases and avoid entire epidemics or outbreaks from taking place, thereby directly contributing to both human and animal healthcare.

How Veterinarians Support Sustainable Development

By contributing their knowledge and expertise to policies and practises today, veterinarians are ensuring sufficient resources will exist for future generations. Veterinarians are responsible for monitoring safe and secure animal products from farm to table, thereby supporting safe food and the wide range of jobs that contribute to sustainable agriculture. We also can’t forget that veterinarians keep our pets happy and healthy. Thanks to them we can access information, confirmation, and peace of mind regarding are pets health and wellness. If you would like to speak to a vet about your pet, click here.