Pasaulinė veterinarijos diena: balandžio 30-oji


30 APRIL 2016

To celebrate the World Veterinary Day (WVD) that will take place globally on 30 April 2016, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are organising the World Veterinary Day Award 2016 to reward the most successful contribution by the veterinary profession on the selected theme for 2016: Continuing Education with a One Health focus.

The competition is open to all WVA member associations, alone, or in cooperation with any other selected body.

The winner association of the 2016 Award will be presented at the Opening Ceremony of the OIE 84th General Session to be held in Paris, France on 22nd May 2016.



Veterinarians play a crucial role in protecting global health. In all areas of the profession, they have opportunities and responsibilities to improve the health and welfare of animals, and therefore, to improve the health of humans.

Veterinarians protect the health and welfare of animals, and thus also protect the health of humans. Early detection of zoonosis can prevent their transmission to humans or introduction of pathogens into the food chain. Photos: left: ©SGU – right: ©USGovernment

In the current era of globalisation, the emergence or re-emergence of unexpected sanitary events is accelerating. It is estimated that five new emerging infectious human diseases appear each year, of which three are zoonotic. The recent Ebola epidemic as well as the too numerous human deaths caused each year by rabies, dreadfully remind us of the strong links existing between the health of people, animals and environment and consequently the need for multi-sectoral approaches illustrated through the ‘One Health’ concept.All countries depend on the performance of their national Veterinary Services, in their public and private components, not only to successfully control these diseases, but also to tackle food safety issues and to effectively prevent and control any biological disasters. Therefore, veterinarians should be well trained to preserve animal health and welfare, as well as to tackle public health issues.Provided that the Veterinary profession and science are constantly evolving, continuing Education is essential for veterinarians to keep their knowledge updated with the latest developments, skills, and new technologies required to enable them to efficiently control health risks at their animal source.Therefore, this year, the WVD’s theme focuses on how veterinarians continue their education efforts to increase their expertise on One Health topics, such as zoonotic diseases, food safety or antimicrobial resistance, and how they collaborate with the human health sector to tackle these issues.The organisers will select the winners according to the quality of their project and activities, their ability to raise awareness on the topic, through communications materials and media coverage in their country, as well as their capacity to demonstrate a concrete implementation of the ‘One health’ approach

For the first time this year, entrants have the possibility to present activities that took place before World Veterinary Day 2016, that are still on-going, or that are planned to take place in the future.

NOMINATION OF CANDIDATESAll fields in the application form (attached to this document) shall be properly filled out and emailed at no later than 10 May 2016.




I am very excited to announce and applaud World Veterinary Day 2016 on Saturday, April 30, with the theme of “Continuing Education with a One Health Focus”.  This year we celebrate three important topics.


First, World Veterinary Day, established in the year 2000 by the World Veterinary Association, honors the many contributions veterinarians and veterinary technicians/nurses provide to animals and people in communities all over the world.  Veterinarians prevent and treat illness in animals everywhere.  They respond to help in natural and manmade disasters, educate the next generation, and discover new vaccines, medicines and treatments for animals and people.  Veterinarians monitor, report and control animal and human disease outbreaks across the globe, and provide quality health care to food producing animals.  Through their work and dedicated commitment, veterinarians make the world a better and safer place for both animals and people.


Second, we celebrate the importance of continuing education – for lifelong learning, so veterinarians and other health care workers remain vigilant and competent to provide the best services for animals and people with the best results.  Knowledge gives all of us the potential and ability to be the best we can be for the purposes we have in life.


Third, we celebrate the importance of the One Health concept and approach – that the health of people and animals is intimately connected and people need to communicate and work across many professions for the greater public good.  People benefit from animals through companionship, protection, safe and nutritious food products, work-related and recreational activities, the biodiversity of our wildlife, and research and new knowledge to better our lives.


The World Veterinary Association applauds the veterinary medical profession today and every day for their work around the world, and will recognize a veterinary medical association with the World Veterinary Day Award for highlighting continuing educations efforts that focus on a One Health issue in their community. The Award is co-sponsored by the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE), and will be presented during the OIE General Assembly in Paris the last week of May. Click here to learn more on World Veterinary Day Award 2016


The WVA wishes to all veterinarians around the world a Happy World Veterinary Day 2016.

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