Parliment thanks Australian veterinarians - 23 March 2011

MEDIA RELEASE The Australian Veterinary Association

A special motion which has been tabled in Australia's House of Representatives and the Senate recognises the diverse contributions of the veterinary profession to the nation.

The motion is part of the Vet2011 celebrations for World Veterinary Year which marks 250 years of the veterinary profession worldwide.

The Australian Veterinary Association will host a special event at Parliament House today (Wednesday 23 March) showcasing the work of vets in the health and welfare of Australia's people and animals.

At the event there will be the opportunity meet veterinarians from a wide range of areas, including those working in Indigenous communities, from the Black Saturday bushfires, from Australian quarantine, and from projects in developing countries, who will be available for interview and for comment.

President of the Australian Veterinary Association, Dr Barry Smyth, said: "Today's parliamentary motion recognises the important contribution that the profession makes to the nation, to local communities and to the health and welfare of animals and people in the region.

"Veterinarians play vital roles in human health and welfare through disease control, food safety, scientific research, biosecurity, quarantine, agriculture, and the positive power of pets in the lives of Australians. We are very proud that this contribution has been recognised by the Australian Government today."

A copy of the parliamentary motion is available online at:

Vet2011 Reception and Official Launch

When: 6.30pm Wednesday 23 March

Where: The Alcove, Parliament House, Canberra

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