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World Veterinary Day: Celebrating veterinarians around the world

Apr 28, 2016


 It takes a village to run a veterinary hospital, and we count ourselves lucky to have talented team members passionate about what their jobs. This is especially true when it comes to the amazing veterinarians we have at The COVE. Like many veterinarians around the world, we work tirelessly to provide the best medical care to our furry patients. Often times this means working long hours and being on-call during weekends and holidays. We also face the emotional task of notifying owners when their pet has a disease, or handling end of life care. And yet, even with the more difficult aspects of the profession, there is nothing better than seeing an injured or sick animal return to health and its family.

It takes a special person to be a veterinarian, and we’d like to dedicate this blog post to all the veterinarians around the world. Happy World Veterinary Day!

World Veterinary Day

In 2000, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) dedicated the last Saturday in April as World Veterinary Day to celebrate the veterinary profession. This year, World Veterinary Day is on April 30, 2016.  Veterinarians devote their lives to protecting animal health. This is reflected in the Veterinarian’s Oath:

“Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health and welfare, the prevention and relief of animal suffering, the conservation of animal resources, the promotion of public health, and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity, and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.”

There are many types of veterinarians. Veterinarians can work in private practice and/or research fields. Those in private practice can specialize in working with horses, livestock, aquatic animals, wildlife, companion animals, etc. At The COVE, we have veterinary specialists who provide advanced medical care to companion animals like dogs, cats, and rabbits. (We’ve even treated a duck! Check our Facebook Page for photos.)

There are also veterinarians who work in public health to control and prevent disease, shelter veterinarians who help care for homeless animals, those who specialize in pharmaceutical and biomedical research, and then there are veterinarians who work in academia teaching at universities. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! Though the veterinary profession consists of many specializations and fields, we all have one thing in common – we want to improve and protect the health and welfare of animals. 

Join us in celebrating World Veterinary Day!

We hope you will take a few minutes to say thank you to your pet’s veterinarian. Send a card, leave a message on your veterinarian’s Facebook Page, or stop by with yummy treats (the human kind). It means so much to us when our clients express their gratitude for the care we’ve provided their pets. We know your veterinarian would appreciate it as well. 

And now for some funnies…

  • This humorous article, “22 Brutally Honest Confessions From A Veterinarian,” reveal a glimpse of what life is like as veterinarian. 
  • The Internet is full of pet advice – some good, mostly bad. In the style of Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Celebrities Read Mean Tweets’ series, created ‘Veterinarians Read Bad Pet Advice’. Please always consult your veterinarian if you have questions regarding medical advice for your pet. 


  • If you do not have a family veterinarian for your pet, please give us a call at 757-935-9111 and we can provide you with a detailed list based on your city/county.
  • For more information about World Veterinary Day, and to learn about the role veterinarians play in protecting global health, click here.
  • For more information on how to become a veterinarian, check out AVMA’s “Veterinary School Admission 101” article here

Category: Veterinary News