A federation that represents animal health companies across five continents has said it will use a forthcoming veterinary day to highlight the role the profession and the industry plays in ensuring animal health and welfare.

The International Federation of Animal Health (IFAH) said it will also use World Veterinary Day – on April 26 – to publicise the role they also play in protecting public health.

IFAH executive director Carel du Marchie Sarvaas said health lies “at the heart” of animal welfare.

“This is the core competence of vets around the world,” he said. “When we think of the words ‘animal welfare’, we conjure up an image of healthy, well-nourished animals living free of pain and suffering.

“While the world spends only approximately one-fortieth of the amount it devotes to human medicines on animal medicines, that money is used to cover animal health innovations for the world’s 68 billion poultry, 1 billion cattle, 1.8 billion goats and sheep, 1.5 billion pigs, 223 million dogs and 220 million cats,” he continued. “This investment into the research and development of animal medicines ensures a steady stream of new products that improve the health and wellbeing of all these animals.”

IFAH – a global non-profit organisation – said it aims to foster greater understanding of animal health matters by being the global voice of the industry in dealing with governments, food chain partners and consumers. It said it supports the day’s organising bodies, the World Veterinary Association and the World Organisation for Animal Health, on selecting the theme of animal welfare. 

For more information, visit IFAH’s website.

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