Celebrating the World Veterinary Day 2015

Last week, millions across the world observed the World Veterinary Day. This day was created in 2000 by the World Veterinary Association to highlight and promote the lifesaving work performed by veterinarians around the globe. This year’s theme was focused on Vector-Borne Diseases with a Zoonotic Potential.  At GALVmed, we recognise the vital roles played by veterinarian across the globe in protecting animals, and particularly livestock which is a lifeline to many poor people in developing countries.  In this special edition of our newsletter, we feature our campaign on the World Veterinary Day.

Happy #WorldVetDay to all our partner vets and vets around the world!

Peter Jeffries: #WorldVetDay - A time to reflect on the profession

Read more on Peter's remarks

Spotlight on: Porcine Cysticercosis

Porcine Cysticercosis is one of the three zoonotic diseases that GALVmed is working on. Recognised by the World Health Organisation as an emerging and serious neglected zoonosis, it is transmitted from pigs to humans. The tapeworm Taenia solium is a human parasite, the intermediate host of which is the pig.

The disease occurs where pigs range freely, sanitation is poor and meat inspection is absent or inadequate and is thus strongly associated with poverty and smallholder farming. People usually become infected by eating infested raw or undercooked pork with cysts. GALVmed’s partnership work on porcine cysticercosis aims to provide the tools that are needed to eradicate this disease. Read more about GALVmed's work on porcine cysticercosis.

More blogs from our #WorldVetDay campaign

Smart partnerships to eradicate zoonotic diseases
By Claudia Cordel, Swine Project Manager

A nice problem to have?
By Brigitte Schiessl, Portfolio Director

A call to my fellow vets 
By Mamta Dhawan, Regional Manager, South Asia

Controlling zoonotic diseases requires coordinated efforts
By Samuel Adediran, Assistant Director of Global Access

Brigitte Schiessl: Licensed to heal
By Brigitte Schiessl, Portfolio Director

Where there are no vets
By Rosemary Peter, Programme Manager: Animal African Trypanosomosis

Vets working together to support poor farmers
By Jeremy Salt, Research & Development Director

What does the #WorldVetDay mean to you?

We asked our vets and animals scientists what this day means to them.

And we got interesting and insightful responses. Read them here!

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