There are numerous days throughout the year set aside to recognize and celebrate various events and people. One such day is the International Day of Veterinary Medicine, which is used to honor, recognize, and support veterinarians around the world. Veterinarians are vital parts of communities from Manhattan to Lagos. So, when is the International Day of Veterinary Medicine? International Day of Veterinary Medicine is observed annually on December 9th. But how is it celebrated? Who organizes it? This short guide will cover all of these questions and more as we dive into the importance of veterinarians worldwide.
When Is the International Day of Veterinary Medicine?
International Day of Veterinary Medicine is observed annually on December 9th. The day helps to bring awareness to the important work done by veterinarians around the world. Veterinarians are instrumental in important medical research, some of which benefit human medicine over time. Veterinarians are also instrumental in caring for family pets and companions, which is of growing importance in the modern world. Lastly, veterinarians are often on the front line when it comes to animal welfare. They make recommendations to improve the welfare of animals in the wild, in conservation organizations and rescues, and in homes. All of these things are worth celebrating, and much of the grunt work goes unnoticed by many people.
Who Organizes the International Day of Veterinary Medicine?
The International Day of Veterinary Medicine is organized by International Veterinary Outreach (IVO). IVO is a non-profit 501c3 organization that strives to support veterinarians around the world. The group was founded after veterinarians traveling internationally realized that there are veterinarians in every community and that many struggle to provide quality care due to a lack of resources, education, or community support, especially in underprivileged or developing communities. That is why the day is International Day of Veterinary Medicine and not simply the National Day of Veterinary Medicine.
What Is the Purpose of the International Day of Veterinary Medicine?
The purpose of the International Day of Veterinary Medicine is to bring awareness and support to veterinarians, not just in the United States, but around the world. IVO’s mission is stated as:
“Since its inception, IVO has evolved into a nonprofit organization run by veterinarians and professionals that provides training and support to veterinary professionals abroad. We work together to end animal suffering and improve community health.”
The International Day of Veterinary Medicine is designed to bring awareness to veterinarians around the world and to bring awareness to IVO’s mission and goals. It is also designed to appreciate the hard work that veterinarians do and the important work that veterinarians do for both the local community and the global community.
There is a long list of professionals who get ample amounts of public attention and praise, including doctors, teachers, nurses, firefighters, and other first responders. Veterinarians also provide tangible and widespread benefits to the communities that they serve, but often with much less recognition of this fact.
Why Veterinarians Are So Important
Anyone who has a beloved pet knows how important veterinarians are to the long-term health of their animal. However, veterinarians are so much more than that. Veterinarians are conducting research into infectious diseases like rabies as well as pioneering new vaccine technologies like the kind that went into developing the COVID-19 vaccine. Veterinarians are on the front lines of public health, where they inspect agricultural products and screen for disease, rot, or abnormalities. Most food that you eat has been inspected or affected by a veterinarian somewhere, whether they treated a meat animal or inspected products going through major shipping facilities.
In developing nations or agrarian societies, veterinarians are critical to keeping herds healthy. Without animals like donkeys, sheep, pigs, or chickens, some communities in the world would have little to nothing. Veterinarians in remote places taking care of horses in Mongolia or goats in Central Africa are helping to improve and sustain the livelihoods of people that most of the world doesn’t consider on a regular basis.
It is for all of these important reasons that International Veterinary Outreach has organized the International Day of Veterinary Medicine. It is to recognize these contributions and help benefit and support veterinarians around the world.
The International Day of Veterinary Medicine is an annual recognition of veterinarians around the world. It is celebrated each year on December 9th and is organized by International Veterinary Outreach to help recognize and support veterinarians, not just in the United States but around the world. Many people have benefited from veterinarians, even if they have never owned a pet, due to the widespread scope of work that they do in the pursuit of research and public health. If you want to recognize veterinarians, you should do so on December 9th.