In honor of the 250th anniversary of the first veterinary medical college, the United States Senate passed a resolution declaring 2011 as World Veterinary Year to bring attention to and show appreciation for the veterinary profession. The first school was founded in Lyon, France.
World Veterinary Year will launch internationally with an opening ceremony on Jan. 24, 2011, in Versailles, France. The American Veterinary Medical Association—along with many partners on the U.S. Vet 2011 National Committee—has planned a number of events across the United States during the year to commemorate World Veterinary Year. The AVMA will be hosting a symposium, "World Veterinary Year: 250 Years of Improving Animal and Human Health" on July 17, 2011, during the AVMA Convention in St. Louis, Mo.
Additional international events will include a World Veterinary Conference on Education from May 12-16, 2011, in Lyon, France. The closing ceremonies will be held in Cape Town, South Africa, from Oct. 10-14, 2011.