World Veterinary Day


April 30 is World Veterinary Day and Veterinarians without Borders/Vétérinaires sans Frontières Canada (VWB/VSF) is proud to join with people around the world in celebrating the work veterinarians do in keeping animals and humans healthy.

The theme of the day this year is “One Health”, also known as “Ecohealth”, which draws clear lines between the health of animals, humans and the environment. Here is a comment from the World Veterinary Association on the “One Health” theme.

“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.

In the current era of globalization, 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 (passed between animals and humans). 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.”

According to the WVA, the One Health Concept recognizes that the health and wellbeing of animals, humans, and the ecosystem are interconnected, and depend on effective and sustained collaboration between varied professions and disciplines—both animal and human-focused—in the public and private sectors.

“On World Veterinary Day, we honour these dedicated professionals for all that they do in service to the world’s animals, and increasingly, its human population as well,” said Dr. René Carlson, President of the WVA. “In an ever-shrinking world, the importance and impact of veterinarians will only grow as high-density populations, climate change, and an increasing proximity and affection between people and animals present unique and increasingly important health challenges. The WVA is committed to working with partners around the world to improve the health and welfare of animals, humans, and the ecosystem we share.”

VWB/VSF employs the One Health/Ecohealth approach in its work around the world. By working to improve the health and welfare of animals, VWB/VSF improves nutrition, health and livelihoods for disadvantaged people while focusing close attention on environmental health.


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