Saturday, December 10, 2011

World Veterinary Year

Set of stamps
Souvenir sheet
First Day Cover
The world’s first veterinary school was founded in Lyon, France, in 1761, shortly followed by the Alfort veterinary school, near Paris, in 1764, both of them at the initiative of French veterinarian Claude BOURGELAT. This means that 2011 marks the 250th world anniversary of veterinary education.
By setting up the world’s first veterinary training institutions, BOURGELAT created the veterinary profession itself. Thus, 2011 also marks the 250th world anniversary of the veterinary profession.
Bourgelat’s genius did not stop there. As a result of his fruitful collaboration with surgeons in Lyon, he was also the first scientist who dared to suggest that studying animal biology and pathology would help to improve our understanding of human biology and pathology. 2011 also marks the 250th anniversary of the concept of comparative biopathology, without which modern medicine would never have emerged.
Therefore, it is not just the anniversary of the creation of the first veterinary school that we must be celebrating in France in 2011. The entire world must join with us in celebrating our veterinary profession, which has been working to improve both animal and human health for the past 250 years.

The Centro de Recuperação de Animais Selvagens de Lisboa - LxCRAS, a structure under the City Council of Lisbon and part of the National Network of Centres for the Recovery of the Fauna, is located in the Biodiversity Space in Monsanto Forest Park. It was officially inaugurated on 15 October 1997 to meet the growing demand and request of the citizens of Lisbon for the collection, reception and recovery of autochthonous wounded or weak wild animals.
The LxCRAS develops its activities in the field of Conservation Medicine and Biology, having up till now provided sanctuary to close to 8 thousand animals belonging to the taxonomic groups of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians, brought in either by private persons, official entities or associations.
The LxCRAS also presents itself as a resource for Environmental Awareness raising through education and sensitization activities targeted at various age groups and through the release of animals with the public, thereby divulging species that can be found in Portugal, the causes for their decline, as well as their role in the ecosystem. Another important aspect developed by the LxCRAS is the scientific research in knowledge areas related to veterinary, medical and biological sciences.
The LxCRAS is a clear indication of the City Council’s commitment to the promotion of Biodiversity and it has a strategic importance as contribution to the Municipality’s policy for sustainable development.

Technical Details
Date of Issue: 07.09.2011
Values: stamps of €0,32, €0,68, €0,80 and €1.00 and one souvenir sheet with one stamp of €2.50
Designer: João Machado
Printer: Joh. Enschedé
Process: 4-colour offset lithography
Size: stamps 40.0 mm x 30.6 mm
Souvenir sheet 125 x 95 mm
Perforation: Cross of Christ 13 x 13
Paper: White TR CPST331 110g/m2
Sheet: sheets of 50 stamps

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