Next EASVO General Assembly
Virtual Meeting, GoToMeeting
On 4th June 2020, the EASVO General Assembly took place virtually by "GoToMeeting"
There was great sadness that we were unable to meet, in person, in London for the GA this year but conducted an interesting and valuable “virtual meeting” supported by the FVE team. There were no items for vote on the FVE General Assembly Agenda so we focussed on the feedback from our members.
A key discussion point was the impact of Covid-19 on our members and we reflected that this was a “One Health” challenge and that we are really proud of the way that the European Veterinary profession has responded and maintained Official Controls, keeping the food chain moving to maintain the supply of safe food and protect Animal Welfare. We identified some themes to feedback to the FVE GA on vets supporting the human health response; the impact on the wellbeing of everyone in the food chain; the use of emergency legislation with the main message that the meat food chain has been prioritised; supporting the economy; and some of the challenges around resources – especially PPE/RPE.
We also reflected on the proposed FVE strategy and are keen to re-engage with the process. We questioned whether a more fundamental review was required in light of the Covid-19 impacts and lessons learned but agreed that the themes identified are relevant to the whole profession and EASVO is ready to engage, support specific initiatives and, potentially work with the FVE team on developing a parallel EASVO strategy.
And finally, we were grateful to the FVE board and officials for reviewing the Section Fee structure which is so important for our financial sustainability.
On 7th November 2019 the EASVO General Assembly took place in Brussels at the International Auditorium.
We had another busy and engaging agenda, where we received our regular updates on the work of the Food Safety Working Group, including progress on OCR implementation and the development of a paper on the circular economy, the AHL task force and the implementation of the Veterinary Medicines Regulation. We also discussed our membership fees and, although our costs are increasing, we were able to maintain our fees for 2020 but will need to keep this under review.
We were grateful that Sean Wensley (chair of the AWWG) joined us to provide an update on the work of the new group and we had a detailed discussed on the position paper on preventing pig tail biting and reducing tail docking, which we agreed to support in the FVE GA vote.
As is now the tradition, EASVO members gave interesting presentations on an audit of AW in slaughterhouses in Switzerland, the potential to use the EU Animal Health tool, Discontools, as an information resource for government vets, an update on the situation in Germany for long distance transport of animals and, finally, an update on the progress of the VetCEE sub-committee developing the Dossier of Competence for Veterinary Public Health.
We were pleased to join UEVP (practitioners) in a joint session on the current implementation of the Zoos Directive and the implications for conservation and animal health - “One Health, One Welfare, One Plan”
Finally we were delighted to see EASVO’s new website and we elected our new board for 2019-2021 - President – Jane Clark (UK); Treasurer – Conny Rossi-Broy (DE); General Secretary – Ole-Herman Tronerud (NO); Vice President – Mark McCarthy (IE); and Senior Vice President – Romano Zilli (IT) and thanked Fabien and Pavel, the outgoing VPs, for their contributions.
On 6th June 2019 the EASVO General Assembly took place in Bratislava at the Radisson Blu Hotel.
We heard about the progress on the implementation of the Official Controls Regulation, Animal Health Regulation and the work of the FVE AWWG, and we agreed to vote in favour of the 3 AW papers presented for vote at the FVE GA (end of life horses, early neutering in cats and lameness in dairy cattle).
We also agreed to vote in favour of the position paper on dry cow treatment and we were joined by UEVH (Hygienists) and the FVE and AVMA presidents for a joint session on the Wellbeing of Government Veterinarians - this included the UK's Mind Matters Initiative.
It was also really interesting to hear presentations from some of our members on their veterinary services database and risk-based Official Controls in Portugal and the successful eradication of ASF in the Czech Republic.
We then spent some time discussing the challenges that OVs face in assessing long distance (and particularly 3rd country) journey logs under Regulation (EC) 1/2005 and this generated several recommendations to the FVE board and AWWG.
And last, but not least, we heard from FEEVA’s president, Mette Uldahl, on their communications initiative for practitioners on West Nile Fever in horses.
Last 8th November the EASVO General Assembly took place in Rome at Roma Eventi Piazza di Spagna.
Here we heard updates on the progress in the implementation of the Official Controls Regulation and Animal Health Regulation with EASVO members effectively engaged in that new WG.
Animal Welfare was also covered and the work of the FVE AWWG with EASVO agreeing to vote in favour of the 2 papers (AW professional owner’s education and animal-based indicators) with some feedback to be provided during the recommendations to the FVE GA. We also updated our recommendation that Aquatic Animal welfare is considered in their future work programme to include insects and other invertebrates.
The UK gave a pre-publication presentation of AGV's survey on Government Veterinarian’s wellbeing which was very well received and we propose to hold a joint meeting with UEVH at the June GA.
Norway gave an interesting presentation on how they have approached the monitoring and plans for eradication of CWD (Chronic Wasting Disease) in Reindeer (and other cervids).
Italy then led a discussion on the challenges and opportunities of using data to provide an evidence base for risk analysis and the paradox that, in preventative medicine, success can result in a reduction of the perceived need for the intervention. We concluded that, as veterinarians, we should embrace advances in technology and deploy evidence based interventions when providing advice to politicians and the public.