Celebrating World Veterinary Day: The Essential Role of Veterinarians

The Dr GC Negi College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, HP Agriculture University, recently celebrated World Veterinary Day with great enthusiasm and fervor. This annual global celebration, observed on the last Saturday of April, aims to raise awareness about the crucial role that veterinarians play in maintaining the health and welfare of animals and humans alike. The body actually furthers the interest of the ONE HEALTH by collaborating with the world organizations of Health (WHO), Food and Agriculture (FAO) and Animal Health (WOAH/ OIE). This year's theme was "Veterinarians are Essential Health Workers," highlighting the essential nature of the veterinarian's work in promoting public health and food safety and security.

Why Veterinarians are Essential Health Workers?

The veterinary profession is an essential and integral part of health at large. The application of veterinary science contributes not only to animal health and well-being but also to human physical, mental, and social well-being. Despite this crucial role, the dimension of the veterinarian's work often remains invisible to society. Protecting and improving the health of people and their communities is an essential part of the vet profession, regardless of their professional area of practice.

Celebrating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the Veterinary Profession

The theme for the 2023 World Veterinary Day is "Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the Veterinary Profession." This celebration will focus on efforts from veterinarians, veterinary associations, and others who advocate for fairness and equity in the profession. Removing barriers and improving inclusiveness through diversity, equity, and inclusion policies and practices in a diverse world needs special focus. The well-being of all veterinarians is enhanced when diversity, equity, and inclusion is promoted and applied.

History and Significance of World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day was established by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in the year 2000. The event is celebrated on April 27 every year and has gained global recognition over time. The day serves as a platform to acknowledge the essential role of veterinarians in ensuring animal health, public health, environmental protection, and research and innovation.

It is an annual celebration that provides a platform to acknowledge and appreciate the dedication of veterinarians across the globe. These professionals work tirelessly in various areas to ensure the well-being of animals, humans, and the environment.

  • Animal Health: Veterinarians play a crucial role in preventing and controlling animal diseases, which helps to safeguard domestic and wildlife populations. They are also responsible for ensuring the overall health of animals, including providing vaccinations, performing surgeries, and treating injuries.
  • Public Health: Veterinarians contribute to public health by preventing and controlling zoonotic diseases, which are those that can be transmitted from animals to humans. They also play a crucial role in ensuring food safety, which is essential for maintaining the health of human populations.
  • Environmental Protection: Veterinarians monitor and address environmental issues that impact animal and human health, such as air and water pollution. They work towards maintaining healthy ecosystems, which is crucial for the survival of various animal species and the overall well-being of the planet.
  • Research and Innovation: Veterinary medicine is a constantly evolving field, and veterinarians drive advancements in this area through research and innovation. They contribute to the development of new treatments, diagnostic tools, and preventive measures for animal and human health, which helps to improve the quality of life for all.
  • In addition to these areas, veterinarians also provide emergency care, behavior counseling, and education to pet owners. They are dedicated professionals whose tireless efforts contribute to the health and well-being of animals, humans, and the environment.

Events Organized at HPAU to Celebrate World Veterinary Day

To mark the event, a series of events were organized over three days, including photography, slogan contests, tug-of-war, mini marathon, inter-school quiz, and a painting competition. 
The World Veterinary Association (WVA) recognizes the contributions made by individuals and organizations to the field of veterinary medicine and animal welfare through the prestigious World Veterinary Day Awards. This award is presented to those who have made exceptional contributions to the field and encourages initiatives that promote the annual theme through campaigns, workshops, research, and local or international events.
Veterinary & Animal Sciences Teachers' Association President Dr. Amit Sharma thanked all the members of the executive committee for the successful organization of the event.

The World Veterinary Day celebrations at HPAU were a fitting tribute to the invaluable contributions made by veterinarians to society. The event highlighted the essential nature of their work and underscored the importance of promoting diversity, equity, and inclusiveness in the veterinary profession. By recognizing the tireless efforts of veterinarians in various areas, we can work towards creating a more sustainable and healthy world for animals and humans alike.

Post a Comment

Previous Post Next Post