Saturday marked the seventeenth annual World Veterinary Day, with this year’s theme being “ANTIMICROBIAL RESISTANCE - FROM AWARENESS TO ACTION”. As I’ve written about before in my “One Health Initiative”-blog post, lowering the use of antibiotics and other antimicrobial drugs is essential to safeguarding the future efficiency of these treatments. How we as vets, and future vets, distribute antimicrobial medicines has a huge impact, not only on animal health, but on human health as well.
As a way to celebrate and recognize the efforts made around the globe to advocate a more sustainable treatment model, the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) are organizing an award to celebrate veterinarians who have gone above and beyond to either raise awareness or have implemented “coordinated and multi-sectoral actions” to prevent unnecessary antimicrobial usage. The winner will be announced at their General Session in Paris on 21 May 2017, and the competition is still open to submissions. Click here to see the eligibility criteria, and click here to see the press release. I’ll include a few infographics from OIE and the World Veterinary Association websites below, on this year’s theme, and what you can do to contribute as a pet owner.
Also, again, if you want to read more on this subject, please click here for one of my previous blog posts, where I go more in depth on the subject.