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World Veterinary Day and the World Veterinary Day Award

March 7, 2017

To celebrate the World Veterinary Day (WVD) that will take place globally on April 29, 2017, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) are organising the World Veterinary Day Award to reward the most successful contribution by the veterinary profession on the selected theme for 2017.

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

The winner of the WVD 2017 Award will be announced at the Opening Ceremony of the OIE 85th General Session to be held in Paris, France on May 21, 2017 and the award will be presented to the winner during the World Veterinary Congress 2017 in Incheon, Korea from August 27-31, 2017.

THEME 2017
ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE - FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION

The availability and use of antimicrobial drugs has transformed the practice of human and animal medicine. Infections that were once lethal are now treatable, and the use of antimicrobial agents has advanced global health as well as animal health, which is a key component of animal welfare, food security and safety.

Safeguarding the efficacy of these life-saving medications, as well as their availability and effectiveness for both human and veterinary use, is essential to preserve our future. However, overuse and misuse of these drugs in humans, animals and plants sectors has dramatically accelerated the emergence of resistance to antimicrobials.

Veterinary Services including veterinarians and veterinary paraprofessionals have a key part to play in the fight against antimicrobial resistance, through their role in regulating and supervising the use of antimicrobials, offering professional advice to farmers and animal owners and collaborating with the human health sector.

To continue to progress in disease control management and in improving animal welfare, veterinarians need to encourage and achieve a sustainable change in behaviours towards a responsible and prudent antimicrobial use.

It is time to turn the words into action!
Share your initiatives and events to raise awareness and fight antimicrobial resistance, and take the chance to win the World Veterinary Day Award 2017!

Applications meeting the required criteria are due by May 10, 2017. 

For more information, visit worldvet.org or oie.int.