Vets across the globe will mark World Veterinary Day on April 26, with a focus on animal welfare and the contribution of the veterinary profession to animals and society.

World Veterinary Day was created by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000 as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession. The event falls on the last Saturday of April and sees the WVA and World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) choose a theme – which for 2014 is “Animal Welfare”.

BSAVA president Katie McConnell said: “It is a lifelong commitment to animal welfare that drives vets and veterinary nurses on a daily basis. And of course, the same can be said for many animal lovers and pet owners, so this theme presents an umbrella under which to bring together all those who share this passion.”

As leaders in veterinary education, BSAVA has a number of ways that it is using science to advance animal welfare, including PetSavers – the association’s the charitable division, which supports vital research into companion animal diseases – and the Small Animal Surveillance Network – a national project, run in conjunction with the University of Liverpool, that aims to collect information from practices all over the UK in order to identify ways in which animal health and welfare can be improved.

An announcement for World Veterinary Day 2014 said: “There is a global increase of societal interest and concern on how animals are used and treated. The veterinary profession has a unique position between man and animal to deliver animal welfare services to the benefit of all animals and society.” 

For more information on World Veterinary Day and the World Veterinary Day Award, visit

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