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The World Veterinary Day (WVD) is celebrated across the globe on last Saturday of the April month. This year the WVD was on 27th April, 2019. The World Veterinary Association (WVA) decided the theme of the WVD to be “Value of Vaccination”. WVD is celebrated to recognise the contributions of veterinarians to the health of animals in particular and society in general.The World Veterinary Association and Health-for-Animals believe that it is essential for the global veterinary profession to educate the public, particularly animal owners and producers, about the benefits of vaccination for animal, human, and public health.

At the ICAR-CSWRI Avikanagar, the WVD was celebrated with organization of a workshop on the theme of WVD on 30.04.2019. The program was conducted at the auditorium at 4.00 pm, chaired by the Director of the Institute Dr. A. Sahoo. The chief guest of the function was Dr.S.A. Karim, former-director of CSWRI and renowned Veterinarian. The In-Charges and Head of divisions, scientists, technical, administrative and other supporting staff also joined the celebration. Dr. Sahoo explained the importance of the WVD, citing the need of prophylaxis in Veterinary aid. He illustrated that the costs on vaccination are much less than the cost on treatment, apart from other advantages. Effective vaccination programs, broadly implemented, are likely to reduce the need for antimicrobials, which in turn can help reduce the risk of emergent antimicrobial resistance. Dr.Raghvendra Singh (Head APB) also emphasised the need to understand the importanceof this profession and said, that everyone associated with animal health and management is contributing significantly to the Indian economy. Dr. Shinde (IC PME) also reiterated thesefacts forcontribution of livestock in Indian economy. Dr. Arun Kumar (IC Head AGB) said that Veterinarians have a demanding job as their patients can not speak and hence deserve credit for their duty. The Chief Guest of the function, Dr. S. A. Karim, very precisely commented on the holistic approach and the need to work hand in hand amongst the experts of every animal healthcare, management and production personnel for the betterment of the Veterinary profession.

The WVD celebrations were extended further with the commitment to conduct the Animal Health camps at villages, covering more than 3000 animals (01 to 03 May 2019). The programme was co-ordinated by the Director ICAR-CSWRI and anchored by Dr.Davendra Kumar (PS APB)