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2011 marks the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession and has been declared “World Veterinary Year”


The veterinary profession has never deserved greater visibility than today. Looking beyond the animal doctors, veterinarians should reach out to the general public as no less than the safeguards of both animal and public health.


By keeping farmed animals healthy veterinary action on agriculture contributes to countries’ economic development, this is especially true in the poorest quarters of the earth. Also responsible for detecting health hazards all along the food chain, veterinarians are at the forefront of animal disease prevention and control. Knowing that 60 per cent of human epidemics are caused by animal pathogens found in the wild or in domestic flocks, veterinary epidemiological research, vaccines and drugs development take added importance. Eventually the health of wild animals also depends on veterinary endeavour worldwide.



Read the speech of Dr. Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Directorate General for Health and Consumers of the European Commission are founding members of the “Vets in your daily life” campaign to celebrate the veterinary profession worldwide. 

10-14 October 2011 - World Veterinary Congress (Cape Town) and closing of the World Veterinary Year
Read Dr Vallat's opening speech and closing speech
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