The World Veterinary Day was created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association. Eight years later, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) established the World Veterinary Day Award to reward the most successful contribution of the veterinary profession on the selected annual theme. Every WVA member can enter and participate in this competition. Here is a list of all the winners of World Veterinary Day Awards.
Winners of World Veterinary Day Awards
2018: Uganda Veterinary Association (UVA)
UVA was the winner of the 2018 World Veterinary Day Award and the presentation of the award took place in Kampala, Uganda on 29-30th November 2018. The UVA showed strong commitment to celebrate the veterinary profession and promote the World Veterinary Day. They organized a number of activities to raise the awareness of political authorities, farmers, the general public, and the veterinary industry. Moreover, they organized radio talk shows, press conferences, documentary TV, open seminars, and a march giving visibility to the profession.
2017: The National Council of the Order of Veterinarians of France
The 2017 World Veterinary Day Award was given at the 33rd World Veterinary Congress in Incheon, Korea. At the end of 2011, the French Ministry of Agriculture, Agri-Food and Forest initiated the Ecoantibio plan. This plan aimed to reduce the risk associated with the use of antibiotics in medicine veterinary in 5 years. In order to achieve the objective, there have been initiated about 40 actions which involved the breeders, professional organizations of veterinarians, and the College of Veterinarians.
2016: The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association (JVMA)
JVMA applied for the World Veterinary Day Award 2016 for the first time and won. The award was presented on the opening day of the 84th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates in Paris, France. JVMA won the award based on their contributions on the annual them and their work over a certain period of time. Moreover, JVMA was praised for implementing the One Health One Caribbean One Love project in the region.
2015: College of Veterinarians of Costa Rica and the Costa Rican National Animal Health Service
The College of Veterinarians of Costa Rica, together with the Costa Rican National Animal Health Service won the WVD 2015 award for their comprehensive awareness campaign on the prevention of equine encephalitis and West Nile fever. Their campaign included scientific studies, the creation of the Costa Rican Society of Specialist in Zoonosis, dissemination of the information on Equine Encephalitis and West Nile fever to the wide public, and continuous training of health professionals on zoonotic diseases. The award was handed on the 32nd World Veterinary Congress, 13-17 September in Istanbul, Turkey.
2014: American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)
AVMA earned the WVD award for the creation of a comprehensive online hub dedicated to Animal Welfare. They launched the online hub on the World Veterinary Day 2014. The AVMA’s hub features animal welfare resources, such as literature reviews, policies and position statements, and animal welfare newsletters. It covers a vast area sorted by species, opportunities, and general topics. The AVMA hub on Animal Welfare is a great tool for promoting veterinarians and animal welfare.
2013: South Africa, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development together with the South African Veterinary Association (SAVA)
The 2013 WVD Award was given to South Africa, Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development together with SAVA for their vaccination campaign. The campaign commemorated the World Veterinary Day 2013 and took place at Rust de Winter, North of Pretoria. Many veterinarians, vet students, governments’ officials, farmers and stakeholders’ representatives participated in the campaign and about 70% of all the livestock in the area were vaccinated.