Our world is shrinking. As American comic Steven Wright once said, “It’s a small world. … But I wouldn’t want to have to paint it.” We can’t underestimate the value of strong international friendships with our peers. That’s why the AVMA is building new bridges around the world with groups dedicated to the health and safety of both animals and people.
We continued that effort just this month, when a delegation of Chinese agriculture officials visited AVMA Headquarters in Illinois to learn about how veterinarians, the AVMA and our nation deals with animal disease prevention and control, emergency management and response, and veterinary education and licensure.
It was a lively, engaging day of discussion and sharing. The 15-member group learned about the AVMA’s structure and function. They heard firsthand how our volunteer leaders and staff members are working daily to address animal and human health and safety. And they learned how the AVMA is helping ensure that U.S. veterinary medical education maintains its rightful place as the gold-standard across the globe.
It is rewarding for all of us – and a testament to our growing global influence – that groups from around the world are looking to the AVMA and our members for high-quality information on the control of animal disease, the advancement of animal welfare and the promotion of excellence in veterinary education. It is something for which each of us should be proud.