World Veterinary Day

Female veterinarian wearing glasses examines a devon rex cat

PetCure Oncology celebrates World Veterinary Day each year. The holiday is held every year on the last Saturday in April.

At PetCure Oncology, we know that veterinarians are truly special people. They work tirelessly to provide medical care to animals. Their patients cannot verbally communicate where or how they are hurting and yet these dedicated vets can determine what is hurting and how to help. In appreciation, the World Veterinary Association (WVA) has named the last Saturday in April World Veterinary Day to recognize the critical role veterinarians play in protecting animal and human health.

At PetCure Oncology, we are proud to collaborate with numerous veterinarians in both research and clinical settings. Whether they provide high doses of targeted radiation therapy for brain tumors or initiate novel studies on pet cancer, their life-saving work never ceases to amaze us.

One Health—We’re All Connected

The theme for this year’s World Veterinary Day is “Continuing Education with a One Health Focus.” The One Health Initiative revolves around the idea that humans, animals and the environment are all connected. It promotes collaboration and education between professionals in the veterinary and human medical fields to improve the health of all living things. The World Veterinary Day theme supports the role of veterinarians in the One Health Initiative through translational medical research:

“Veterinarians play a crucial role in protecting global health. In all areas of the profession, they have opportunities and responsibilities to improve the health and welfare of animals and, therefore, to improve the health of humans.”

Another example of how health care professionals work together under the One Health Initiative could be seen at this year’s Zoobiquity 6 Conference.

Zoobiquity springs from a simple but revelatory fact: Animals and humans get the same diseases, yet physicians and veterinarians rarely consult with one another. Zoobiquity explores how human and non-human animal commonalities can be used to diagnose, treat, and heal patients of all species.”

For example, how does a dog with skin issues affect human medicine? What can we learn about human psychological issues from a feather-plucking parrot? Can a baboon with diabetes teach us anything about human health?

At PetCure Oncology, we fully support the One Health Initiative. It’s why we can do what we do. Seeing the success of stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) in human medicine allowed us to bring this technology to veterinary medicine. Because of that, we can help pets with cancer have a chance to beat cancer. This has allowed us to change the conversation surrounding cancer care from “Let’s maintain quality of life for this pet” to “Let’s try to cure this pet.”

Our profound appreciation to veterinarians and physicians for their collaborative spirit that brought about new treatment options for pets with cancer. Working together has truly made a difference, and we are thankful!

To fulfill our mission to revolutionize cancer care for pets, we believe we need to work with the best minds in veterinary and human medicine. That is one reason why we created PetCure Oncology’s Scientific Advisory Board to guide us in establishing best practices and protocols for treating cancer.

Let us join forces this World Veterinary Day to express our sincere gratitude for the veterinary professionals in our lives, with a token of appreciation like a card or some flowers. Or just say “thank you” – it will go a long way! Furthermore, let’s be motivated by this year’s One Health theme and make sure that we continue supporting veterinarians all around the world.

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