The world's first veterinary school was officially established 249 years ago in Lyon, France in 1761.  

The slogan for World veterinary anniversary is "Vet for health, Vet for food, Vet for the Planet!" suggested by Dr Jacques Bruhlet of the French Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing. Even without mentioning animals, this particular slogan reveals so much to professional veterinarians about their role in human health (who invented slogans, anyway?).

Event highlights include an opening ceremony in Versailles, France, organized by the French Veterinary Academy and the National Veterinary School of Alfort on 24 January 2011. The second World Conference on Veterinary Education is scheduled for 12 to 16 May in Lyon. Another ceremony will be held in conjunction with the 30th World Veterinary Congress in Cape Town, South Africa from 10 to 14 October 2011.

Veterinary organizations from 78 countries have already confirmed to observe the 2011 milestone with special events throughout the year. Te European Commission, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) have also signed on to highlight the many achievements of veterinarians in protecting human health and advancing veterinary medicine over the past 250 years.

CAB International will undoubtedly continue to support the international veterinary community, as it has been doing for the past 100 years (yes, it is CABI's 100th anniversary this year), through providing scientific information to both veterinary academics and practitioners. 

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