World Veterinary Day
to highlight role of veterinarians in society
- FVE holds Photo Competition
"This year, 'World Veterinary Day', an initiative of
the World Veterinary Association, will be celebrated on April
25. It will be the occasion to highlight the need for an
integrated approach of veterinary and human medicine",
said Walter Winding, president of the Federation of Veterinarians
of Europe (FVE), referring to the One Health policy promoted by
FVE. "Veterinarians play a pivotal role between animals,
their owners and society, he reminded. However, this role is not
confined to animal health, but also animal welfare and public health,
including food safety."
To highlight 'World Veterinary Day', FVE will be holding a Photo
Competition with the theme "Veterinarians and animal
owners, a winning partnership". The competition will be
judged in two separate categories (vets and farmers/farm animals;
vets and pet animal owners/pet animals). For further information,
please see below.
Dr. Winding is encouraging practitioners to use the occasion of
World Veterinary Day to promote the profession, by "holding
open-door days, visiting schools, and showing to clients and the
public at large how veterinarians touch everyone's lives - on a
daily basis. Vets can for instance use the 'Blue dog' project to
teach children and their parents how to prevent dog bites".
"Not everyone is aware that veterinary epidemiologists and
state veterinary officers are for example combating avian influenza,
helping to make sure it does not become a pandemic. Veterinary researchers
are investigating human and animal health, while veterinary hygienists
make sure our food is safe and healthy", Dr. Winding added.
Avian influenza, MRSA, West Nile Fever... the One Health
approach is needed now more than ever, as 60% of human pathogens
and 75% of emerging diseases are zoonoses (diseases transmissible
between animal and man).
'One Health' (healthy animals = healthy people) was also the motto
of the first EU Veterinary Week campaign launched last November.
Fruit of a close collaboration between the EU Directorate-General
Health and Consumer Protection (DG Sanco), the FVE and farmer's
representatives (CopaCogeca), stressing the important role of the
veterinarian in animal and public health.
'Biosecurity', the theme of the last EU Veterinary Week, is perfectly
in line with that of the 2009 World Veterinary Day: 'Veterinarians
and livestock farmers, a winning partnership'. "It is of
vital importance that veterinarians and farmers draw up good herd
health plans together for an optimal biosecurity, protecting animals,
the public - and society at large", Dr Winding commented.
Notes for Editors:
1. World Veterinary Day was instigated
by the World Veterinary Association to be celebrated annually on
the last Saturday of April. In 2008, the WVA and the World Organisation
for Animal Health (OIE) agreed on the creation of the World Veterinary
Day Award aimed at rewarding the most successful celebration of
the veterinary profession by national veterinary associations, alone,
or in cooperation with any other selected veterinary body. http://www.oie.int/downld/announcement-FINAL_EN.pdf
2. The Blue dog project is a project developed
to teach young children and their parents how to prevent dog bites.
It works via an interactive CD and a parent guide. For more info
3. The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
(FVE) is an umbrella organisation of 44 veterinary organisations
from 38 European countries, representing a total of around 200.000
4. For further information, consult the FVE website
or contact the FVE Secretariat on tel +32 2 533 70 20 or by e-mail
Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)
Having regard to the 2009 World Veterinary Day on 25 April, organized
by WVA in cooperation with OIE, FVE is currently undertaking a Photo
Competition. Theme of the Photo Competition is: "Veterinarians
and animal owners, a winning partnership".
The competition will be judged in two separate categories:
1. vets and farmers/farm animals
2. vets and pet animal owners/pet animals.
Originality and interpretation of the theme as well as technical
ability will be judged.
By submitting your details and photograph to FVE you have accepted
the Terms and Conditions of this competition outlined below. Please
ensure that you enclose the following details with your entry and
that you have read the terms and conditions before submitting your
Please email your photograph to FVE with the following accompanying
1. Format of the photo: JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF (maximum file
2. Please add a short description of the content of your
picture, and why you are choosing this picture (maximum 50 Words)
3. Name (title, complete name)
4. Email address
5. Postal address and telephone number
Please email entries to firstname.lastname@example.org
with 'FVE Photo Competition' as subject line.
FVE Photo Competition - Terms & Conditions
Entry to the competition is free. Each entry must reflect the theme
"Veterinarians and animal owners, a winning partnership".
Acceptable formats: TIFF, JPEG OR GIF at the highest possible quality
setting (e.g. 12 in Photoshop), as images must be sufficiently high
resolution to be printed. Acceptable images include: scanned color
or black & white prints and digital photographs. Do not send
original prints or negatives.
1. Veterinarians and farmers/farm animals
2. Veterinarians and pet animal owners/pet animals
Only one entry per individual is allowed to the FVE Photo Competition
for the theme "Veterinarians and animal owners, a winning partnership".
Each entry shall consist of one photograph.
These will be appointed by FVE. Their decision on all matters relating
to the competition is final. FVE reserves the right not to award
prizes if the quality of the entries falls below the required standard.
Closing date and notification
Entries must be received by 20 April 2009. Finalists will
be notified at the end of April 2009 and the winners will be announced
on the FVE website and also published in the June FVE Newsletter.
Each of the two category winners will win a prize comprising of
an Amazon gift certificate worth 50 € (first prizes), respectively
25 € (second prizes).
You warrant that:
(a) you are the sole author and owner of the copyright for all images
(b) the photographs you submit shall not infringe the rights of
any third parties.
By submitting your entry photographs, you undertake to indemnify
FVE for any losses arising from a breach of points (a) and (b) above.
All copyright and title to the entered photographs remains with
you in its entirety. However, you grant FVE non-exclusive, irrevocable
license rights to use the photographs free of charge for any purpose
including, but not limited to, the following purposes:
- inclusion within the FVE newsletter and other FVE brochures (where
possible, appropriate credits will be given)
- the right to sub-license the use of the photographs (solely for
- promotion of and publicity for this competition in the future
(where possible, appropriate credits will be given).
Use of Images
FVE is committed to ensure that personal data received in the course
of this competition is protected. If your entry photograph contains
images of children and/or adults, you must ensure that explicit
permission (preferably those in writing) by the persons whose images
appear in the photograph have been given for their images to be
entered in this competition as well as the purposes which their
images would be used namely:
- inclusion within the FVE newsletter and other brochures
- promotion of and publicity for this competition in the future.
If requested by FVE, you undertake to provide FVE with the contact
details of the person whose image appears in your entry photograph
to enable FVE to ensure that permission has been obtained from them.
FVE policy on the use of images containing children or young person
up to the age of 18
- We will not use an image unless consent has been given by the
subject child and a parent or custodian.
- Personal details (e-mail addresses, telephone numbers, postal
addresses etc) will never be published, full names will not be used
in association with a published picture of a child.
- Pictures will not be used of children on their own and will only
be used where the picture shows the child/young person is association
with an activity, other people or pet(s); images of children will
only be used if in suitable dress.