Today is World Veterinary Day!!! We are celebrating vets and everything they do to keep our animal companions happy and healthy. Each year, it’s celebrated on the last Saturday of April, and this year, it falls on April 24th.
Did you know that over 35% of our yearly pet spending goes towards veterinary and medical care? Veterinarians play a significant role in our everyday life. After all, most people consider their pets part of their family and want only the best for them.
Every year, the World Veterinary Association creates a theme for World Veterinary Day (WVD). It has also partnered with Health for Animals to honor members’ activities based on that theme, giving out a World Veterinary Award to a selected winner.
In 2019, the theme was “Value of Vaccination,” won by the Uganda Veterinary Association. Last year, in 2020, the theme was “Environmental protection for improving animal and human health,” won by the Indian Veterinary Association-Kerala.
This year, the theme is “Veterinarian Response to the Covid-19 Crisis.” Covid-19 has changed the world as we know it, and this includes the lives of not just our doctors but our veterinarians too.
The theme’s purpose is to showcase veterinarians’ actions to cope, adapt, adjust and be leaders in their communities.
So, what are some activities that members can do to take part in this celebration?
- Showcase good practices and programs related to WVD
- Hold webinars and workshops related to WVD
- Conduct and release studies, data, and surveys related to WVD
- Conduct educational sessions for the general public associated with WVD
- Promote WVD through social media
- Distribute material related to WVD
- Any other initiative that promotes the day
There are over 84,500 vets in the U.S. working tirelessly to ensure our pets’ health. So, this year, on April 24th, let’s celebrate their work and importance. And if your vet is not aware of the annual theme or award, let them know, so they can showcase their work.