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
WhereasVeterinarians 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
WhereasVeterinarians 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