The last day of April every year we celebrate World Veterinary Day. On Saturday, April 28, the global veterinary community will come together to celebrate World Veterinary Day. Created by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA), World Veterinary Day is meant to raise public awareness about the important roles veterinarians undertake.
A More Sustainable Future
Each year, the OIE and WVA declare a theme for World Veterinary Day. For 2018, the celebrations will be centered around focusing attention to the crucial role veterinarians play in the development of more sustainable animal husbandry practices, which improve not only the health of animals, but also the health and well-being of people and the environment.
“By implementing a One Health Approach, veterinarians are working together with other health professionals to improve and develop new production systems that are also respectful of animal welfare and the environment,” the associations said in a press release. “By doing so, veterinarians are contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to reduce poverty and ensure zero hunger, good health, and economic growth.”
Furthermore, the veterinary profession is responsible for the control and inspection of animal products. This is very relevant for Vermonters with our “farm to fork” sustainability model and ensure safe food.