The World Veterinary Association (WVA) and Ceva Santé Animale have created the Global Animal Welfare Awards 2017.

The awards program is a result of continual changes in the global understanding and concern for animal welfare. Evolving societal expectations require the veterinary community to adapt to meet these needs. Animal welfare is a core mandate of the veterinary community generally and of veterinarians individually. Veterinarians must be engaged, knowledgeable, and prepared to use their skills and expertise in animal welfare to assist and support animal caregivers, industry, policy makers and the public to ensure best practices are in place that promote good animal welfare.

The WVA Animal Welfare Awards aim to recognize and reward veterinarians who have provided outstanding and exemplary welfare-related services to animal owners, hostels, fellow veterinarians, and the general public. Winners will have demonstrated best practices in their consistent commitment to improve and educate about the welfare of animals.

The Global Animal Welfare Awards 2017 will be presented to one selected veterinarian from each of the six WVA regions (North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, North Africa/Middle East and Asia/Oceania).

WVA President Dr. René Carlson said, “The WVA applauds this partnership with Ceva Animal Health to recognize veterinarians from around the world for their efforts to improve animal welfare and eliminate animal suffering. Such recognition is not only important, it is necessary to bring continued awareness to the benefits of good animal welfare for animals, people, and society. It is well recognized that good animal care can have far-reaching and positive benefits in several areas, including human physical and psychological health, social development, poverty and hunger reduction, disaster management and environmental sustainability.”

Dr. Marc Prikazsky, Ceva Santé Animale Chairman and CEO, said, “I am very proud that, as Chairman of Ceva, we are able to accompany the WVA in the creation of these important new awards. As a veterinarian, I have felt for some time, that the profession needed to bring welfare back to the center of what we do. Animals contribute enormous value to our society, and as veterinarians we have a pivotal role to ensure that their health and welfare is always a priority. I look forward to meeting the inaugural winners of the awards.”

The WVA Animal Welfare Awards Ceremony will take place in Incheon, Korea, during the 33rd World Veterinary Congress where the winners will receive a monetary award of €5,000 (US$5,380).

Ceva Santé Animale and the World Veterinary Association are encouraging qualified veterinarians to apply. For more information, click here.