Saturday 30 April 2011

World Veterinary Day-Erbil- كوردستان

Saturday, April 30, 2011 is World Veterinary Day, which would be a great day to honour veterinarians. This year, veterinary organizations around the world are celebrating the 250th anniversary of the veterinary profession through a year-long public awareness campaign called 'Vet 2011'. The goal of the Vet 2011 campaign is to draw attention to the fact that modern veterinarians are not only animal doctors and animal welfare advocates, but also key public health stakeholders. Most people think of veterinarians as being the doctors for pets and farm animals, but veterinarians also have a crucial role in promoting food security by supervising animal production hygiene, controlling zoonotic diseases, monitoring food quality and safety, contributing to biomedical research, and protecting the environment and biodiversity.
Erbil, Kurdistan’s capitol city, along with other cities throughout the world, today celebrated the World’s Veterinary Day, marking the 250th anniversary of the founding of the veterinary profession. Over 200 people attended the evening celebration and meal that was held in the Hotel Khanzad which is located on a hilltop on the outskirts of the city. There was entertainment in the form of Kurdish music and dancing and the event was covered by the media.
 Those present included the Minister of Agriculture, the Minister of Municipalia, the Mayor of Erbil and most of Erbil’s diplomatic corps. The Directors of the Veterinary Services in the four governorates were present together with the Deans and staff of Kurdistan’s two veterinary schools and a large number of senior veterinarians and family members. Iraqi Kurdistan has over 800 qualified veterinarians.During the evening’s celebration, awards were presented to seven Kurdish veterinarians to mark their achievements in different areas of professional work. A separate award was given posthumously to Dr Qarani Doughramachi. , Vice President of the Iraqi Veterinary Syndicate, who was hung by Saddam Hussein in the late 1970’s. Dr. Doughramachi’s son was present to collect his father’s award

1 comment:

Paul said...

I wish that I could have been at the event. It is wonderful that there are over 800 qualified Veterinarians in Kurdistan.