World Veterinary Day (WVD) is celebrated on the last Saturday of every April. This year it will be observed on April 29. World Veterinary Day was created to promote and highlight various aspects of the work carried out by veterinarians all over the globe. You may love a dog, cat, horse, or other pet animals but all the pet animals will agree on one thing in common all their lovely pets are healthy because of the veterinarians. A veterinarian sometimes called a vet, is a professional who treats injuries, disorders, and diseases in animals. The day is dedicated to these veterinarians for the fantastic work they do to keep your pets healthy.
“As a veterinarian and lover of animals, I feel the time is now to stop the practice of horse soring for good.” – Ted Yoho
History of World Veterinary Day
World Veterinarian Day (WVD) was created by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in the year 2000 to highlight the wonderful lifesaving work carried out by veterinarians around the world. In the year 1863, i.e. approximately 150 years ago Dr. J. Gamgee, a Professor of Anatomy and Physiology at Edinburgh, The Dick Veterinary College convened a 1st International Veterinary Congress. This initiative has today grown into the World Veterinary Association (WVA). The World Veterinary Association represents and unites the worldwide veterinary profession. WVA is the umbrella organization for global associations of veterinarians working in various areas of veterinary medicine. The mission of WVA is to reassure and promote animal welfare and health and global public health, through developing and promoting the veterinary profession, veterinary medicine, and also private and public veterinary services. The WVA pursues the ambition of Dr. J. Gamgee to bring all the veterinarians around the world together, to share ideas, and join them all together for the development and advancement of veterinary medicine. The main aim of World Veterinary Day is to raise awareness about animal health and welfare so every year a different theme is selected by the WVA and OIE (Organisation for Animal Health) and these themes help the pet owners to recall the importance of various aspects of animal care and how veterinarians can help. The theme of WVD in the year 2017 is “Antimicrobial Resistance.”
Other Celebrations on April 29
April 29 is also celebrated as
- World Wish Day
- National Zipper Day
- National Shrimp Scampi Day
- International Dance Day
- National Go Birding Day
- Save The Frogs Day
- National Sense of Smell Day
How to Celebrate the Day
On the day, to appreciate the work of your pet’s veterinarian send a note of thanks or a box of chocolate. Also, treat your pets with their favorite food. If you don’t have a pet, then take this day as an opportunity to buy a pet animal. Also, post pictures of your pets and share your thoughts on social media about World Veterinary Day by using the hashtag #WorldVeterinaryDay.
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