Celebrate the work of vets on World Veterinary Day
Celebrated each year on the last Saturday in April, World Veterinary Day was created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the work performed by vets around the globe. Each year, a different theme is chosen to highlight the importance of various aspects of animal care, and how vets can help, for example ensuring your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. This year the theme is focussed on the concept of One Health, which recognises that the health and wellbeing of animals, humans, and the ecosystem are interconnected, and depend on collaboration between professions and disciplines - both animal and human-focused.
World Veterinary Day is about highlighting the partnership between vets, owners and their pets in keeping our animals healthy - Chris Packham
A great example of this collaborative work has been through the Big Tick Project here in the UK which last year saw 1450 veterinary practices collect more than 6000 ticks from dogs for analysis by scientists at the University of Bristol. The findings from this ground-breaking research are set to be announced early this summer and are expected to bring advances in both animal and human health.
TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham who has led the Big Tick Project in conjunction with MSD Animal Health, said: “World Veterinary Day is about highlighting the partnership between vets, owners and their pets in keeping our animals healthy, vets like Clive Swainsbury in Essex who has been at the forefront of highlighting the arrival of canine babesiosis in UK-based dogs. The Big Tick Project is a fine example of the fantastic work and dedication seen across the veterinary profession in advancing animal health and perfectly sums up the ‘One Health’ approach. My dogs Itchy and Scratchy will be raising a paw to their vets this Saturday.”