JVMA President Dr. Kevin Walker (2nd left) receives the World Veterinary Day Award from WVA President Dr. Rene' Carlson (2nd right) while Jamaica’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Osbil Watson (left) holding up Jamaica’s flag and OIE Director General Dr. Monique Eloit (centre) look on.
The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association has been selected as the winner of the World Organization for Animal Health’s (OIE’s) World Veterinary Day Award 2016. The award is given annually to the World Veterinary Association (WVA) member group whose activities related to the World Veterinary Day theme are adjudged the best by the WVA and OIE. This is the first year the JVMA has applied for the award and its submission came out on top among the 30 applications from member countries submitted to the WVA. World Veterinary Day was observed on April 30 this year.
In her letter to the JVMA,WVA President Dr. Rene' Carlson said : "On behalf of the WVA and the OIE, I am happy to inform you that the Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association was selected as the winner of the Veterinary Day Award 2016 for the comprehensive awareness campaign on One Health issues. Congratulations."
The award was presented on Sunday May 22, 2016 on the opening day of the 84th General Session of the World Assembly of OIE Delegates in Paris, France by WVA President Dr. Rene' Carlson. On hand to receive it wasDr. Kevin Walker, JVMA President. Also in attendance was Jamaica’s OIE Delegate Dr. Osbil Watson, Jamaica’s Chief Veterinary Officer. The win is even more fitting given that 2016 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the JVMA.
The JVMA won the award based on its activities related to this year’s theme “Continuing Education with a One Health Focus”. These activities took place over a period of time and a major highlight was collaboration with the One Health One Caribbean One Love (OHOCOL) project which is being implemented in the region by the University of the West Indies School of Veterinary Medicine and its partners with funding from theEuropean Union through the African Caribbean Pacific (ACP) Group of States.
Activities included the One Health Symposium (see below), the Sunday Gleaner supplement, the JVMA Trophy race at Caymanas, a seminar on Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health-related technical presentations at General Meetings and more. Outreach to our non-veterinary colleagues in the health sector was noted.
The JVMA would like to thank all our members, partners, supporters and all who contributed to this success on the international stage!
Vets and others pose as Dr. Kareen Robinson presents the JVMA World Vet Day Trophy to the owner of the winning horse.
Another World Veterinary Day weekend saw the running of a race at Caymanas Park in tribute to the Jamaican veterinary community. The Jamaica Veterinary Medical Association World Veterinary Day Trophy Race was run at 4:05 PM on Saturday April 30, 2016, and saw Lord Equus (O. Mullings, jockey) romping his way to victory over the field.
A number of veterinarians were on hand for the presentation of the trophy.