The Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture, Mrs Onimim Jacks joined Veterinarians in Rivers State to advocate for more awareness and continuing education among pet owners and livestock farmers in order to promote public health and safety in the State.

Mrs. Jacks made the call, while speaking as a guest of the Rivers State Chapter of the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association during an event organised by the association to mark the World Veterinary Day 2016.

According to the Rivers State Agric Commissioner, the continued education of livestock farmers and the general public would help sustain measures to promote the one-health objective of the organisation and the wellbeing of Rivers people general. She assured the Nigerian Veterinary Medical Association of the continued support of the Rivers State Government and intimated that plans were on to employ more Veterinary doctors into the State’s service.

The World Veterinary Day was initiated by the World Veterinary Association (WVA) in 2000 to celebrate the veterinary profession annually. The objective is to bring the importance of the Veterinary Profession to the society as well as individuals in focus.

Veterinarians around the world use the day to highlight their various contributions to the health of both animals and humans, underlining their roles in also ensuring animal welfare, food safety, food security, safe world trade in animals and animal products as well as protecting public health.