WORLD VETERINARY DAY – 27th
Tomorrow in many countries around the world, World
Veterinary Day (WVD) will be celebrated for its thirteenth year. On
this occasion the veterinary profession highlights its various contributions to
the health of both animals and humans, underlining the vital role of
veterinarians in also ensuring animal welfare, food safety, food security, safe
world trade in animals and animal products as well as protecting public
WVD was initiated by the World Veterinary
Association (WVA) in 2000 in order to celebrate the veterinary profession annually
on the last Saturday of April. The objective is to bring the importance of the
Veterinary Profession to the society as well as individuals in focus.
Veterinary Day activities around the world vary from seminars, workshops,
"open doors " activities at clinics, hospitals and veterinary schools,
social and media events to inform the general public about the key role played
by veterinarians in our daily life.
In 2008 the WVA and the World Organisation for
Animal Health (OIE) agreed on the creation of the World Veterinary Day Award.
The aim of this award is to reward the most successful celebration of the
veterinary profession. The first WVA-OIE World Veterinary Day Award was given in
July 2008 to the Kenya Veterinary Association.
Every year the WVA and OIE are choosing a different theme
for the World Veterinary Day Award. The selected theme for World Veterinary Day
Award 2013 is Vaccination.
In previous years themes were Antimicrobial Resistance, Rabies, the One
Health Concept and the Diversity of the veterinary profession.
veterinary profession, through effective and efficient Veterinary Services, is
crucial to the success of vaccination
campaigns in animal health and consequently, in protecting human health from diseases of animal origin.
vaccine is a biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular
disease. The term vaccine derives from Edward Jenner's 1796 use of cow pox, to
inoculate humans, providing them protection against smallpox.
vaccines are valuable tools to stop the spread of a large number of
transmissible diseases that threaten the health and welfare of animals and
people. Through well organised campaigns, vaccination contributes to the
eradication of diseases from certain areas and even from the world. The use of
mass vaccination campaigns also limits, in many situations, recourse to depopulation
in case of disease outbreaks.