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World Veterinary Day 2012 : The veterinary profession tackles Antimicrobial Resistance

Paris, 28 April 2012 – The selected theme for the 2012 edition of the World Veterinary Day is “antimicrobial resistance”. Antimicrobials are essential tools for ensuring health and welfare of animals. However in recent years, development of full or partial resistance to antibiotics in humans and animals has endangered their efficacy and can threaten both animal and public health. Prudent use of antibiotics is a key precaution. Antibiotics are not ordinary products and must be used in animals only under the control of specialists such as well-trained veterinarians.

On the 28th of April 2012, veterinary associations, alone, or in cooperation with other selected veterinary bodies from all over the world will highlight the need for a prudent use of antimicrobials worldwide.

“The global demand for noble proteins and the need for safe production of animal products from healthy animals have never been so high. In this context, promoting the prudent use of antimicrobials in animals is a priority” said the Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Dr Bernard Vallat.

“I call upon veterinarians all around the world to support this year’s celebrations of the World Veterinary Day, as the veterinary profession is on the front line in protecting animal health and animal welfare and in preventing misuse of antimicrobials. If anybody without appropriate knowledge is allowed to distribute and use antibiotics for animals, this could lead to a disaster in the future”, he added.

The OIE along with its partners advocates for a broad application of OIE standards and regulatory frameworks for antibiotics and veterinary products (including the control in registration, import, distribution and on-farm use of antimicrobials) and stresses that veterinarians have a crucial role to play worldwide to guarantee the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials.

About World Veterinary Day

World Veterinary Day was instigated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000 to be celebrated annually on the last Saturday of April. In 2008 the WVA and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) agreed on the creation of the World Veterinary Day Award aimed at rewarding the most successful celebration of the veterinary profession by national veterinary associations, alone, or in cooperation with any other selected relevant body.

The 2012 Award will be delivered at the OIE 80th General Session to be held in Paris, France on 20-25 May 2012.

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