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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Happy New "World Veterinary Year"

January 1, 2011
Surprise your veterinarian and her/his staff by wishing them a Happy World Veterinary Year.

The designated was recently conferred by the United States Congress "to bring attention to and show appreciation for the veterinary profession on its 250th anniversary”.
The Congressional citation emphasizes the roles that veterinarians play in promoting healthy pets and healthy families, as well as biomedical research, sports, food safety, conservation biology and the Armed Forces.

The world’s first veterinary school was established in Lyon, France, in 1761. Most veterinarians can trace their professional roots back to this veterinary college established 250 years ago or to the schools that its graduates and their successors later founded. 

The AVMA will honor World Veterinary Year at its annual meeting in St, Louis in August. More celebrations will follow when the AVMA commemorates its 150th anniversary in 2013.
International celebrations commence in Versaille, France, on January 24th, and will continue through various events during the year. 
[The full resolution is at Congressional Record, House of Representatives, Supporting Designation of World Veterinary Year, Volume 156, H. Res. 1531, Page H8044, December 7, 2010. Vote information is at]
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