The year 2011 is proposed to be observed as ’World Veterinary Year’ to commemorate the founding of the first veterinary school in Lyon, France by Louis XV in 1761. The successful launch of this first veterinary school created the veterinary profession itself. And the year 2011 will mark the 250th anniversary of veterinary education and profession. The birth of the veterinary profession will be promoted and celebrated by veterinarians and international veterinary institutions alike.
The year long celebrations and programmes are expected to create public awareness on the importance of the profession and to remind the opinion leaders and policymakers everywhere in the world of the service of the veterinarians to mankind for a quarter of a millennium.
International Opening Ceremony: “Palais des Congrés”of Versailles, France on Monday, the 24th of January 2011. The President of the World Veterinary Association, the General Directors of the World Animal Health Organisation, the World Health Organisation, the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the United Nations Environment Programme will attend this ceremony. A cocktail in the prestigious “Mazarin” Room will end this ceremony.