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Today is World Veterinary Day

April 25, 2015

TodayWorld Veterinary Day we celebrate all of the wonderful veterinarians who keep our furry, scaly, and feathery friends happy and healthy.  Not only do animal doctors provide our beloved pets with the care they need when sick, but veterinarians also help to prevent illness and promote health and safety for animals and people around the world.

So…be sure to say, “Thank you” to all of those Doctors of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) out there! There are over 100,000 veterinarians in the US alone, so chop, chop!

Veterinarians are dedicated caretakers and valuable researchers. The World Veterinary Association developed World Veterinary Day 15 years ago. On the last Saturday of every April, the World Veterinary Association chooses a theme to bring the world’s attention to. This year, vector-borne zoonotic diseases are the topic of concern.

The World Health Organization defines vectors as  “organisms that transmit pathogens and parasites from one infected person (or animal) to another, causing serious diseases in human populations.”

Lyme disease is a vector-bone illness. Lyme is the most common tick- transmitted disease.  If gone untreated, Lyme disease can have devastating effects for your and your pet.

There are several other types of vector-borne diseases. Feel free to take a peek here.

Vector –borne zoonotic diseases are a growing concern because of recent “changes in Global climate,” according to the World Veterinary Association.  Disease carrying creatures, such as ticks and mosquitos are becoming more common.

See… veterinarians inspire awareness about more than just pet health! They are critical players in bringing awareness to environmental and public health issues.

Give these hardworking medical professionals a big THANK YOU!

– By Madeline Chiujdea

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