Emirates Veterinary Association Marks World Veterinary Day

ABU DHABI– In collaboration with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment, MOCCAE, the Emirates Veterinary Association, EVA, has organised a series of activities to mark the World Veterinary Day, to be celebrated globally this Saturday, 29th April, 2017.

The World Veterinary Day is observed annually on the last Saturday of April to highlight and promote the different facets of the work performed by veterinarians all over the world and their contribution to supporting environmental development and sustainability through keeping a safe and sustainable livestock.

The event was held last Wednesday at the Fairmont Hotel, Abu Dhabi, in the presence of Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, and Dr. Rolla Shaaban, CEO of EVA.

In his opening remarks, Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi highlighted the important role of veterinarians, alongside agricultural engineers and technicians, in the overall progress of the UAE and their remarkable contribution to the development of the agricultural sector in the country. He stressed that veterinary medicine is a noble profession, as it supports food security and helps in wildlife scientific research globally.

“At the government level, the ministry has an active animal welfare division that works on welfare standards for transport and slaughter of animals in the country. The work done by our veterinarians not only sets the standards for a safe and stable food supply but ensures that producers, shippers and slaughter workers maximise the welfare of the animals in their care. This is not just a highly visible area of veterinary involvement, but it is essential to ensuring humane handling of food animals and maintaining public confidence in our food supply,” Dr. Al Zeyoudi added.

“World Veterinary Day aims to highlight and promote the different aspects of the work performed by veterinarians all over the world and to raise awareness on their contribution to improving animal health and welfare, as well as public health. Each year, a different topic is selected by the World Veterinary Association, WVA, and the World Organization for Animal Health, OIE. Veterinarians play a vital role in protecting the quality and security of the food supply, in advancing human and animal health through innovative techniques and instrumentation, in providing public health service through health education and practice, in enhancing the welfare of all species of animals, and in contributing to the economic well-being of the country,” said Dr. Rolla Shaaban, CEO of EVA.

The celebration included an exhibition in collaboration with the National Archive and other participants, in addition to a video presentation by vet students from the UAE University. It also included speeches on different topics.

Source: Emirates News Agency