Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick


Whereas The American Veterinary Medical Association was founded in 1863 as the U.S. Veterinary Medical Association; and

Whereas Veterinarians play an important role in discovering the causes of numerous diseases that affect citizens of the Commonwealth, such as salmonellosis, West Nile infection, yellow fever and malarial; and

Whereas Veterinarians provide valuable public health service through preventative medicine, control of zoonotic diseases and scientific research; and

Whereas Veterinarians have advanced human and animal health by inventing and refining techniques an instrumentations such as artificial hips, bone plates, splints and arthroscopy; and

Whereas Veterinarians play an integral role in protecting the quality and security of our nation’s herd and food supply; and

Whereas Military veterinarians provide crucial support to our nation’s military and assistance to the agricultural independence of developing nations around the world; and

Whereas Disaster relief veterinarians provide public health service and veterinary medical support to animals and humans displaced and ravaged by disaster; and

Whereas It is important to recognize the contributions of veterinarians throughout the Commonwealth to public health, scientific research and the general well-being of both animals and humans,

Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim July, 2013, to be,


And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this twenty-third day of July, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-seventh.

By His Excellency

Deval L. Patrick
Governor of the Commonwealth

William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts