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ASCS World Veterinary Day 2016

World Veterinary Day

April 30th is the day to celebrate veterinarians around the world. It’s World Veterinary Day! The World Veterinary Association (WVA) created World Veterinary Day in 2000 to bring awareness about the lifesaving work that veterinarians do every day. Now, 16 years later, World Veterinary Day has evolved to not only celebrate the veterinary profession, but also to bridge the gap between human, animal, and environmental health and bring all these fields together to improve global health.

Every year the World Veterinary Association (WVA) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) pick a theme for World Veterinary Day. This year, the theme for World Veterinary Day is “Continuing Education With A One Health Focus.”

One World-One Health

One Health (known as the One Health Initiative) is a concept that promotes the collaboration between veterinary and human medicine. It’s the idea that all of us – humans and animals – are connected in this world and therefore, veterinarians, physicians, and scientists should work together. Healthcare professionals come together to ask questions such as: What does a chimpanzee with heart disease teach us about human cardiology? How does bone cancer in dogs and humans differ, how are they similar, and how can we use this knowledge to help both dogs and humans?

We work to promote animal health, animal welfare, and public health globally with the understanding that human, animal, and environmental health are intricately interconnected, through food, infectious and zoonotic diseases, research to improve human and animal lives, encroachment on wildlife habitat, and the human-animal bond that has existed throughout time.”
– Dr. René Carlson, President World Veterinary Association

We all know that there are many types of veterinarians. You might be most familiar with veterinarians who practice in clinics and hospitals to take care of companion animals like dogs and cats and even rabbits. But there are also veterinarians who work exclusively with wildlife and zoo animals.  At Animal Surgical Clinic of Seattle, we have five amazing veterinarians who are highly skilled in surgery and rehabilitation for companion animals and our specialists also frequently work with zoological veterinarians to provide surgical expertise to the animals at the Woodland Park Zoo and Seattle Aquarium.

Along with working with our zoological partners, we also feel there’s much to learn when we work with physicians in human medicine. Many local oncologists and pathologists in human medicine work with Seattle-based oncologic research group, Presage Biosciences, on their canine studies to gain insight into treatment options for future cancer cases. It’s important for us to contribute to these studies. A few of ASCS’ patients like Sam, a 10-year old Labrador, were part of clinical trials conducted by Presage Bioscience.

Thank a veterinarian today!

We hope that learning about how veterinarians and physicians work together behind the scenes has helped shed some new light on the role veterinarians play in global health. The field of veterinary medicine is wide and diverse, but one thing we all have in common is our love for animals. Nothing makes us happier than knowing that we’ve nursed an animal back to health. We encourage you to thank a veterinarian today for their hard work and big heart.

To learn more about the One Health concept, please visit One Health Initiative and Zoobiquity.


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