Resolution Calls for 2011
to be World Veterinary Year
Congress has been asked to mark the
upcoming 250th anniversary of veterinary medicine by proclaiming
2011 as World Veterinary Year.
The two veterinarians serving in
Congress-Rep. Kurt Schrader and Sen. John Ensign-each introduced
a resolution July 15 honoring the contributions of veterinarians
in the promotion of animal and public health.
Because the world’s first veterinary
school was established in Lyon, France, in 1761, the
international veterinary community is celebrating 2011 as the
250th anniversary of the veterinary medical profession.
The resolutions will have to be
voted out of committee before being considered by the House and
The AVMA is working with foreign
colleagues on plans to commemorate the anniversary. Veterinary
organizations within 78 countries are expected to observe the
2011 milestone with special events throughout the year.
AVMA CEO Ron DeHaven welcomed his
veterinary colleagues’ efforts to honor the veterinary
profession. “The United States is joining with citizens from
around the globe to honor the contributions veterinary medicine
has made to animal health, public health, animal welfare, and
food safety,” Dr. DeHaven said.
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