World Veterinary Day 2023

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World Veterinary Day is an annual event that 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 (29th of April, 2023.), and there is a different theme.

Currently it is estimated that there are over 1.8 million vets across the world.

Whether you’re a dog person, a cat person, or a horse person, there’s one thing all animal lovers can agree on, is 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 dedicated to acknowledging the veterinary profession.

A puppy being cared for by a vet

World Veterinary Day 2023

During World Veterinary Day, a number of vet initiatives take place all over the world and each one of them aims to raise awareness of the important role veterinarians play while fighting for a much more sustainable future for all animals.

In order to celebrate this day, a lot of activities are organized, including seminars, events, and activities in veterinary schools and hospitals worldwide.

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 that has provided the most successful contribution to the selected annual theme.

Here is everything there is to know about World Veterinary Day 2023.

World Veterinary Day Theme and Award

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World Veterinary Day 2023 banner via the website

This year the event will take place on the 29th of April, 2023. World Veterinary Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the contribution of all veterinarians to animal well-being and society. The theme of World Veterinary Day 2023 is “Promoting Diversity, and Inclusiveness in the Veterinary Profession”.

The aim of this year’s theme is to celebrate the efforts of each veterinary professional in the niche and also to advocate for equality and fairness amongst all individuals in the profession.

Every WVA Member is invited to apply for the World Veterinary Day Award related to this year’s 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 2023 theme.

The activities might incorporate: recent research, educational seminars for the public, media campaigns, or anything else that promotes the theme in general.

The application due date for 2023 is May 30th, 2023. So get those nominations and details in asap!

The award selection process and details can be viewed via the links provided, and here’s the link to the application form. If anything is unclear, feel free to reach out by contacting

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The good news is that the value of the World Veterinary Day Award has reached $5000. Hence, you can be the one association that can get these funds and use them in any way that you see fit, such as supporting the community, rewarding the staff, or providing scholarships.

A female veterinarian performing a checkup on a dog

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 that will take place in your country or at the 2023 WVA Congress.

So, hesitate no more, and prepare to submit all your achievements and contributions related to the 2023 theme.

How to Be Part of World Veterinary Day 2023

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You can celebrate World Veterinary Day 2022 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 Activities you can Do for World Veterinary Day 2023:

  • Attend seminars or workshops for veterinarians, veterinary staff, and public health workers related to the 2023 theme.
  • Educate the general public on the WVD 2023 theme via your social media accounts.
  • Attend and promote public activities, such as concerts and fairs that are organized in celebration of WVD 2023.
  • Distribution of promotional materials.
  • Treat your clinic employees or local vet clinic with some awesome presents from our article about the 12 best gifts to thank a veterinarian.

You can even browse through our exclusive online store for some personalized gifting ideas and score a 5% discount on your first purchase.

You can also opt to give your veterinarian a simple ‘thank you’ card. They will appreciate your kind gesture and will feel appreciated.

You can also take some pictures with your pet and your vet and share them on your social media accounts under the hashtags #WorldVeterinaryDay and #iloveveterinary.

Check these hashtags to see how people celebrate World Veterinary Day around the globe.

Use World Veterinary Day 2023 to raise a paw, hoof, or claw and say thank you to our veterinarians!

Check out this video by PawlicyAdvisor in celebration of World Veterinary Day 2020.

You can share this awesome pin on your Pinterest boards!

Future dates for World Veterinary Day

  • April 27th, 2024
  • April 26th, 2025
  • April 25th, 2026

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