On October 3, Agriculture Minister David Marit proclaimed October 2-8, 2022, as Animal Health Week in Saskatchewan. The Government of Saskatchewan says the week is in recognition of the high level of care ranchers provide to livestock, the veterinarian-client relationships that inform animal care decisions, and the links between human and animal health and environments. 

"Saskatchewan producers are rightfully proud of the care they provide to their livestock, and Animal Health Week is a chance for us to learn more about it - both from them and from the veterinarians who do so much to support them," Marit said.’

Animal health week has been an event for the past 30 years, proclaimed nationally by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) and supported by the Saskatchewan Veterinary Medical Association (SVMA).

"The physical and mental well-being of the human population is intricately connected to the well-being of our animals and environment," SVMA Vice President Sarah Allin said. "Veterinarians are passionate about our central role and responsibilities supporting livestock producers, pet owners, government and environmental agencies. Together we are working toward the goal of One Health and sustainability."

This year’s theme is "Habitat Protection and Pandemic Prevention", which showcases the many responsibilities Canada’s veterinary professionals undertake to keep animals, people, and the environment safe. The Government says that Industry organizations and veterinarians will also be using the week to discuss and raise awareness about animal health topics such as vaccinations and biosecurity.