Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, or a horse person, there’s one thing all animal lovers can agree, that veterinarians have a huge role in our and the lives of our pets. Even though showing how much you appreciate the fantastic work they do should be on a daily basis, there has been a special day created which acknowledges the veterinary profession.
World Veterinary Day 2020
World Veterinary Day is an annual event which has been established to highlight and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians all over the world. It is celebrated on the last Saturday of April every year and there is a different theme.
During the World Veterinary Day, a number of vet initiatives take place all over the world and each one of them aims to raise the awareness of the role veterinarians play while fighting for a much more sustainable future. In order to celebrate this day, a lot of activities which are organized, including seminars, events, and activities in veterinary schools and hospitals.
Every year, there is also a World Veterinary Day Award, which is given by the WVA and OIE. This Award is given to a member association which has provided the most successful contribution to the selected annual theme.
Here is everything there is to know about the World Veterinary Day 2020.
World Veterinary Day Theme and Award
This year, the event will happen on 25 April 2020. World Veterinary Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of all veterinarians to animal well being and society. The theme of the World Veterinary Day 2020 is Environmental protection for improving animal and human health.
This year the theme is all about the inextricable linking between the environmental, human and animal health. How negative changes to the environment affect us and the animals. That is why this year we celebrate the work of every veterinarian who protects our environment.
Every WVA Member is invited to apply for the World Veterinary Day Award related to this theme. In order to have a more visible and more valuable Award, the WVA has partnered with HealthforAnimals. So, the WVA Member Association, which has undertaken activities related to the annual theme, will be honored.
So, if you want to apply for the World Veterinary Day Award, you will need to submit evidence of all activities which show your support of the 2020 theme. The activities might be as follows, recent research, educational seminars for the public, media campaigns, or anything else that promotes environmental protection and innovation for better animal and human health.
You can find all the information about the application here.
The good news is that the value of the World Veterinary Day Award has reached $2500. Hence, you can be the one association who can get these funds and use them in anything they want, such as supporting the community, rewarding the staff, or providing scholarships.
The World Veterinary Day Award is an excellent opportunity for your Association to show all your efforts and contributions to the global veterinary community. Plus, you will receive funds for everything you need, improve the visibility of the veterinary profession, and be honored at a ceremony which will take place in your country or at the 2020 WVA Congress.
So, hesitate no more, but submit all your achievements and contributions related to the 2020 theme: Environmental protection for improving animal and human health. The deadline for all applications is 25th May 2020 and the applications received after the deadline will not be considered for the World Veterinary Day Award.
How to Be Part of The World Veterinary Day 2020?
You can celebrate the World Veterinary Day 2020 and show how much you appreciate your veterinarian. In fact, you can make this day a proper holiday and include your pet. So, you can take your dog for a walk, give your pets their favorite treats, and cuddle with them.
List of example of activities you can do:
- Seminars or workshops for veterinarians, veterinary staff, public health workers related to the 2020 theme
- Education for the general public on the WVD 2020 theme
- Public activities, such as concerts, fairs organised for WVD 2020
- Promote all activities you do regarding WVD 2020 on social media
- Distribution of promotional materials and much more!
- Treat your clinic staff with some awesome gifts!
You can also opt to give your veterinarian some gift or a simple ‘thank you’ card. They will appreciate your kind gesture and feel honored. You can also take some pictures with your pet and your vet and share them on your social media under the hashtags #WorldVeterinaryDay and #iloveveterinary. Check these hashtags to see how people celebrate the World Veterinary Day around the globe.
Use the World Veterinary Day 2020 to raise a paw, hoof or claw and say thank you to our veterinarians!
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