World Veterinary Day is celebrated on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 and has been observed the last Saturday in April since 2001. World Veterinary Day was created by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA).

The Purpose

The purpose of this special day is to raise public awareness about the essential roles veterinarians undertake. This year the theme is about environmental protection for improving animal and human health.

The goal of the World Veterinary Day is to promote the veterinary profession and work on improvement of the animal and human welfare, the environment, food safety, and practices of animal transport and quarantine. Each year, there is a different theme of this day. In 2019, the “Value of Vaccination” was the World Veterinary Day theme.

The American Veterinary Medical Association AVMA states that “Veterinarians, in their role as advocates for animal health and welfare, have a responsibility as well as the opportunity to safeguard our environment for future generations. Their actions can help mitigate the effects of climate change, ensure proper disposal of medicines, and support responsible use of natural resources (e.g., water and feed) necessary in raising livestock.”

Our Passion

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At MainStreet Veterinarians, we love what we do and are passionate about helping animals and their human owners. Becoming a Veterinarian was an important foundation for assisting cats and dogs. We were also able to add alternative healing therapies such as VOM (Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation), CRA (Contact Reflex Analysis), and NRT (Nutrition Response Testing).

What Do Vets Do?

Veterinarians are trained to diagnose, treat, and research medical conditions and diseases of pets, livestock, and other animals. Trained veterinarians treat injuries and illnesses, conduct medical, dental, and surgical procedures, and vaccinate animals against diseases. They also teach owners preventive healthcare.

Veterinarian Training

Veterinarian Training takes almost as much time as becoming a human doctor, and it’s just as involved.

You typically do four years of undergraduate and have to complete the prerequisites and required tests to get into veterinary school, which is another four years of school.

Attending a veterinary school in the United States is a four-year degree program following undergraduate Bachelor’s degree level education for a total of 7 to 9 years: 3 to 5 years undergraduate plus 4 years of veterinary school.

There are 30 colleges of veterinary medicine in the U.S., according to the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC). The AAVMC also shared statistics of getting accepted into veterinary schools. At the University of Florida, the class size is 120 students accepted into the program from 1,242 that applied. Getting into a vet school is challenging.

At MainStreet Veterinarians, we offer Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation (pet chiropractic), nutritional counseling, and NRT (Nutrition Response testing) and a wide array of holistic foods and nutritional supplements.

MainStreet Veterinarians practices both conventional as well as alternative animal healthcare from our friendly office in Stone Mountain, GA. Offering mainly conventional veterinary medicine and surgery to also offering a wide array of alternative and holistic treatments to the veterinary community as well. Call us today to make an appointment with your beloved pet at 770-498-4620 or send us an email.