Happy Veterinary Day! I want to say THANK YOU to all veterinarians who love their profession and treat our pets like their own. They have patience and compassion and they know how stressful is for a pet parent to have a "kid" sick.
Thank you to Dr. Sanchez who cared for my dogs Samantha and Camila in Mexico City, to Dr. Donelly from Banfield in Vista, CA who cared for Samantha, Camila and Winnie and to Dr. Rivera in Baja, who cared for Camila and currently Winnie. I was fortunate that in every city I lived, I found wonderful Veterinarians.
Today is their celebration, World Veterinary Day was initiated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) since the year 2000 and it is celebrated the last Saturday of April each year. With the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE), they created the World Veterinarian Day Award to reward the best contribution to the veterinary profession. This year the theme is Animal Welfare:
"In the last decades, there is a global increase of societal interest and concern on how animals are used and treated. The societal expectation from the veterinary profession regarding Animal Welfare now expands well beyond simply individual veterinary daily practices. The veterinary profession has a unique position between man and animal to deliver animal welfare services to the benefit of all animals and society. The theme of Animal Welfare was chosen to highlight the role of veterinarians in Animal Welfare in line with OIE standards and the great contribution of the veterinary profession to animals and society around the globe."
Submissions end on May 7th, 2014. If you want more information about this, click here for applications and background.
Happy Day to ALL Veterinarians! You rock!