EASVO would like to show solidarity with our medical colleagues in the face of the unprecedented and rapidly evolving situation of the COVID-19 pandemic.
We would also like to highlight the vital role that veterinarians will continue to play in delivering “One Health” outcomes and draw your attention to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Veterinary Association (WVA) joint statement.
This highlights the specific veterinary activities which are key to ensure a continuum in food safety, disease prevention and emergency management.
Maintaining the activities that are crucial to public health
Veterinarians are an integral part of the global health community. Beyond the activities linked to the health and welfare of animals, they have a key role in disease prevention and management, including those transmissible to humans, and to ensure food safety for the populations.
- national and regional veterinary regulatory and inspection services can oversee the integrity of public health
- only healthy animals and their by-products enter the food supply to guarantee food safety for the populations,
- emergency situations can be addressed,
- preventative measures, such as vaccination against diseases with a significant public health or economic impact, are maintained.
- priority research activities continue.