Delhi celebrates World Veterinary Day to recognize and honor the contributions of veterinarians in promoting the health of both animals and humans.
World Veterinary Day is celebrated globally to recognize the valuable contributions of veterinarians towards promoting animal and human health. It is a day to appreciate the dedication and hard work of veterinary professionals who work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of animals and their owners.
1. World Veterinary Day Celebrations The Department of Animal Husbandry and Dairying collaborated with the Veterinary Council of India to celebrate World Veterinary Day- 2023. The event was held on 29th April 2023 at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi, under the aegis of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav. The event aimed to recognize and celebrate the significant role of Veterinarians in animal and human health and ecology.
2. Theme and Chief Guests The theme of World Veterinary Day- 2023 was “Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusiveness in the veterinary profession”. Shri Parshottam Rupala, Union Minister of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Government of India was the chief guest at the event. Other dignitaries present included Dr. Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Minister of State of Fisheries, Animal Husbandry and Dairying, Shri Rajesh Kumar Singh, Secretary, Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade and Dr. Umesh Chandra Sharma, President, Veterinary Council of India (VCI).
3. Address by Union Minister Shri Parshottam Rupala addressed the gathering and highlighted the importance of India’s livestock sector in the national economy. He emphasized the need for making livestock farming more efficient and sustainable. Various schemes have been revised and realigned to develop entrepreneurship in the sector. The Ministry stands committed to work with all stakeholders for holistic development of the sector. He also appreciated the role of Veterinarians in the implementation of schemes and programs of the Department.
4. Launch and Release Shri Parshottam Rupala launched the VCI portal, released the draft MSVPR, 2023, and a list of outstanding Veterinarians at the event.
5. Role of Veterinarians in India Dr. S.K. Balyan highlighted the role of veterinarians in India in making significant contributions to the national economy by ensuring the health and productivity of livestock, which forms a crucial part of the country’s agricultural sector. Dr. Umesh Chandra Sharma, President, VCI, welcomed the guests and Veterinary officials participating from the States and apprised the gathering about the work and recent initiatives taken by Veterinary Council of India.
6. Technical Sessions and Honours Around 1500 veterinary officials participated from the States/UTs, and 75 veterinarians were honoured as outstanding veterinarians. Technical sessions were organized on One Health, Veterinary interventions for Wildlife Conservation and management, Role of veterinarians in India Army.
7. Conclusion The Secretary of VCI thanked all the dignitaries and Veterinary officials participating from the States/ UTs and congratulated the Department for the successful event.