This year’s theme, i.e. ‘Environmental protection for improving animal and human health’ , as chosen by the organisers of this event, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and HealthforAnimals, could hardly have been more appropriate, given how environmental destruction and wildlife habitat encroachment has very likely led to the worldwide health crisis we are currently facing.
The OIE has today published its World Veterinary Day statement in which it pays tribute to the great effort made by the veterinary profession to support the human health sector, from research to human sample testing, as well as provision of human and material resources.
The OIE Africa offices publish the List of African Countries where Veterinary Services have been recognised as “Essential Services”, a critical measure allowing veterinary services delivery continuity despite lockdown or curfew measures affecting otherwise “non-essential” or “non-food” operations, for the sake of maintaining human and animal health and welfare, food safety and -in many African countries- ultimately food security.
Laureate of the communication competition for WVD, organised in Tunisia : “veterinary activities in times of Covid-19”. The winning submission, the above video, was produced by Dr Nadia Brik and Dr Sana Kacem (in French).