Message from Commissioner AH, GOI on World Veterinary Day

Dr. Suresh S Honnappagol

Dear Vets,

On World Veterinary Day , I would like to congratulate and thank all the vets of the nation for their wonderful work.

In the year 2000, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) initiated World Veterinary Day as an annual celebration of the veterinary profession, on the last Saturday of April every year. This is initiated to bring attention to the many ways veterinarians contribute to the health and well-being of animals and people around the world.

Each year, the WVA and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) choose a theme to celebrate this special day. This year the theme of World Veterinary Day is, “The role of the veterinary profession in sustainable development to improve livelihoods, food security, and safety.” This year’s theme is more oriented on the farm animals and the importance veterinarians have on their health and the whole “from stable to the table” process. This year’s theme is also in line with our prime ministers vision of doubling farmer’s income by 2022. The vets have a major role to play in improving the livelihood of farmers through animal husbandry and achieving the goal of sustainable development and food security. On this occasion, I welcome the vets of the country to come forward to accept this challenge to bring a smile on the face of poor farmers.

Most people know veterinarians as the “animal doctors”. In my view in developing countries like India, Veterinarians are a special group of health care professionals who also work for ensuring the livelihood of the farming community, since livestock and livelihood are synonyms for weaker section of society. In this scenario along with treatment, the vets should also work as animal husbandry professionals to safeguard the livelihood of millions of farmers. Today the role vet ranges from treatment of animals to preventive health care, from production enhancement to implementation of government schemes, from prevention of zoonotic diseases to ensuring food safety and security, from protecting the wildlife to breed up gradation of farm animals, from academics to research and many more. I am sure that the vets of our country have the potential to perform in these versatile roles.

Once again I thank you all for your continuing support and wishes you the very best for the world veterinary day 2018.

Dr. Suresh S Honnappagol

Commissioner, Animal Husbandry

Government of India