Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

January 24, 2011 11:00 ET

Celebrate World Veterinary Year

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 24, 2011) - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) joins veterinary associations worldwide in recognizing 2011 as "World Veterinary Year." Today marks the official opening ceremony of Vet2011 in Versailles, France. The world's first veterinary school was founded 250 years ago in France.

"Veterinarians work diligently to improve both animal and human health," said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. "Vet2011 celebrates veterinarians and their commitments to professional excellence and to the well-being of Canada's animals." 

Veterinarians play a key role in food safety, forming the first line of defence against the spread of many diseases among animals, and between animals and humans (zoonoses). This year also marks 125 years of the only French veterinary school in the America, now established at the Université de Montréal. A variety of activities celebrating this achievement are planned to take place across Quebec.

"In Canada and around the world, human, animal, plant and ecosystem health are interdependent," said Dr. Brian Evans, Chief Veterinary Officer of Canada and Chief Food Safety Officer of Canada. "Veterinarians are health professionals, whose collaboration with other scientific disciplines is critical to achieving social, economic and health benefits for society."

Veterinarians working at the CFIA help maintain healthy practices in Canada's food and livestock industries. They also work to educate the public and industry about potential hazards of importing products of animal origin, and they inspect and certify animals and meat products for domestic and international markets.

To learn more about the World Veterinary Association, Vet2011 and World Veterinary Year activities, visit For more information about celebrating 125 years in French veterinary education in America visit

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