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October 4th is World Animal Day, an annual event that aims to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe. As leaders in animal health and welfare, veterinarians play a key role in the pursuit of this objective.  
The AVA has recently received several enquiries from media outlets, about vets being requested to supply ivermectin to people for use as a COVID-19 treatment/prevention and have been asked if there is currently any associated concern with supply of the drug.
Members of the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) and Australasian Veterinary Boards Council (AVBC) are calling on the Australian Government to assist Afghan veterinarians, veterinary paraprofessionals and their families in leaving Afghanistan and resettling in Australia. 
The AVA will be lobbying for veterinarians, veterinary staff and veterinary students to be prioritised in the roll out of the COVID-19 vaccinations. 

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