AVMA animal welfare project wins WVA/OIE award

AVMA receives World Veterinary Day 2014 Award

AVMA President Dr. Clark Fobian accepts the 2014 World Veterinary Day Award from WVA President Dr. Faouzi Kechrid. (Photo courtesy of the OIE).

The AVMA was honored with the World Veterinary Association/World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) 2014 World Veterinary Day Award this past weekend, recognizing our launch of a new online animal welfare hub for veterinarians and a LinkedIn group, The AVMA’s Animal Welfare Conversation, that provides veterinarians and veterinary students the opportunity to collaboratively discuss animal welfare concerns. The award was announced Sunday during the opening ceremony of the OIE 82nd General Session in Paris.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and World Veterinary Asssociation jointly give an award every year in conjunction with the organizations’ celebration of World Veterinary Day (April 26, 2014), and this year’s theme was animal welfare. The AVMA took the opportunity to redesign and relaunch its online resources for veterinarians, creating an animal welfare hub that provides easy access to the AVMA’s animal welfare policies, guidelines, literature reviews and other trusted resources. These include information on all aspects of animal well-being across a range of species.

The hub also offers AVMA and SAVMA members access to “The Conversation,” a LinkedIn group that expands upon the seminal animal welfare dialogue begun during last November’s intraprofessional discussion hosted by the AVMA, “Can You Hear Me Now? The Conversation.”

These efforts garnered praise from the OIE during the Paris award ceremony, where AVMA President Dr. Clark Fobian accepted the World Veterinary Day 2014 Award for the Association. This is the 90th anniversary of the OIE, so the audience included not only chief veterinary officers and delegations from most of the OIE’s 170-plus member countries, but also invited guests such as the directors general of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Attendees also include ministers of agriculture from about a dozen nations.

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