World Veterinary Year

World Veterinary Year, or Vet 2011 if you prefer a catchier title, is off to a fantastic start, and the AVMA is taking the lead in the United States for this international tribute to the 250th anniversary of the founding of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France, in 1761. 

The AVMA has already hosted a U.S. kickoff for Vet 2011, and Dr. DeHaven recently gave the keynote address at a ceremony hosted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. There’s a lot more planned, and we invite you to check out everything the AVMA is doing to celebrate this auspicious year. We also encourage you to get involved in any way you can. One easy way to show your support is to post the World Veterinary Year Celebration decals that were included in your Feb. 15 issue of JAVMA. This is truly a special time to celebrate two-and-a-half centuries of progress.

3 thoughts on “World Veterinary Year

  1. HI! You should consider having a trivia game on veterinary medicine for fun. Your note about the first veterinary school in Lyons, France was a great historical fact that maybe we all should know!

    Dr. Pam Wilmot, DVM
    Methuen, Ma

  2. Thanks for writing, Dr. Miyahara.

    Here’s a link with more information about World Veterinary Year:

    There are many people here at the AVMA working on the Vet 2011 effort. If you’d like, e-mail David Kirkpatrick in our Communications Division at He’d be happy to help you with anything you need.

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  3. Hello: As someone who has worked for many years with countries in the Pacific, I’m very interested in World Veterinary Year and would like to know when and where specific meetings dedicated to this will be held. I haven’t received the February 15 iss of the JAVMA yet and maybe much o this information is there. If there’s a specific website about the subject, please let me know, and I’d also like to know who the key person at the AVMA working on this is.


    Allen Miyahara, DVM
    Hawai VMA

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