Animal Guardians: Chinese Veterinary Association (CVMA)
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Congratulations were given to the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) for presenting this historical conference which began the process of promoting cooperation among the veterinary community to better serve human health through disease control and solutions, higher quality food sources, effective medical progress, and higher standards of animal care and welfare.
We trust that the Annual Chinese Veterinary Day (October 28) will continue to be viewed proudly by the veterinary community and to celebrate our progress in the years to come. This most important conference offered all stakeholders the opportunity to showcase the great progress that has been made and to seek solutions to problems that lie ahead.
Veterinarians are the frontline of defense against cruelty to animals. We hope that, through our efforts, we joined hands and took pride in advocating for an ethic of kindness to animals that continued to develop through realistic strategies well beyond this conference.
“This is an important event for veterinary medicine across the globe.” So said the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) CEO W. Ron DeHaven as he congratulated one of the world’s ancient cultures on forming its first national veterinary association.
In Beijing for the October 28, 2009, launch of the history-making Chinese Veterinary Medical Association, Dr. Jia Youlin, the new association’s chairman, through an interpreter, said, “The establishment of the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association is regarded as a great, joyous event for Chinese veterinarians and also as a symbolic event in the history of the development of Chinese veterinary medical science. It provides a new platform that will accelerate the development of a modern Chinese veterinary health service.”
As of mid-December 2010, 1,940 individual members and 370 corporate members had joined the association, and more than 500 Chinese veterinarians from 31 municipalities and provinces attended the inaugural meeting.