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June 2024, Heraklion, Greece

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November 2023

EASVO General Assembly

Brussels, Belgium

On 16th November 2023, the EASVO General Assembly took place in Brussels.

We agreed to support all of the items for vote on the FVE General Assembly agenda, and enjoyed interesting discussions on several issues. A significant proportion on your agenda were the EASVO Board elections: Mark McCarthy (IE) was elected as President, supported by two Vice-Presidents – Andrea Leutgöb-Ozlberger (AT) and Mikko Turku (FI), Secretary General – Ole-Herman Tronerud (NO) and Treasurer – Cornelia Rossi-Broy (DE).

An exchange of views followed on Animal Welfare during Transport and we were grateful to be joined by the WOAH sub-regional representatives Estelle Hamelin and Thomasz Grudnik , to discuss their work on long-distance transports of animals. During these discussions we agreed to recommend that FVE and the AWWG consider to provide technical expertise and advocate further for harmonised implementation of achievable animal transport rules in all European countries, and third countries, including for companion animals and horses.

Importantly we also discussed EASVO business, and heard that our finances were in good health. In line with the objectives of the EASVO Strategy 2023-2025, we discussed the analysis of the workforce survey, and have nominated an EASVO representative to the new FVE Veterinary Public Health and Sustainability Working Group as well as to the FVE/UEVP Medicines Working Group. We held our usual discussions of items of interest for our members, including the progress of the EAZWA AHL Guidance Handbook.

And last, but not least, we held a joint session with all FVE Sections on One Health.

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June 2023

EASVO General Assembly June 2023

Zaječí, Czech Republic

FVE General Assembly ZAJEČÍ – report
EASVO was delighted that so many of our members were able to meet in person in Zaječí, and all members who were not able to attend sent their voting positions by proxy. EASVO members were joined by Beth Sabin Head of Global Outreach for the AVMA and, as always, were ably supported by Wiebke from the FVE team. EASVO agreed the voting positions for the new FVE Board and to support the other items for vote on the FVE General Assembly agenda.

The members enjoyed interesting discussions on several issues and welcomed honoured guest speakers, Rafael Laguens, President of the World Veterinary Association, speaking about “Veterinary is a Health Profession”, and Estelle Hamelin from WOAH speaking about the recent WOAH General Session and the important Animal Health Forum themed discussions on Avian Influenza.

EASVO members were updated on actions from our new EASVO Strategy – the representative on the new AWWG is EASVO Vice-President Mark McCarthy and EASVO nominated a representative for the new Veterinary Public Health and Sustainability WG. Importantly, the Workforce Survey was successfully completed with 425 responses and, along with an initial analysis, and EASVO agreed on the next steps for more analysis, integration with the FVE 3rd survey of the profession and the actions that will flow from this information.

And subsequently, EASVO is delighted to report that President Jane Clark has been elected to be a Vice President on the next FVE Board (2023-25) where she will be able to represent the views of EASVO along with the wider Veterinary Profession in Europe.





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June 2023

EASVO General Assembly

Zaječí, Czech Republic

EASVO was delighted that so many of our members were able to meet in person in Zaječí, and all members who were not able to attend sent their voting positions by proxy. EASVO members were joined by Beth Sabin Head of Global Outreach for the AVMA and, as always, were ably supported by Wiebke from the FVE team. EASVO agreed the voting positions for the new FVE Board and to support the other items for vote on the FVE General Assembly agenda.

The members enjoyed interesting discussions on several issues and welcomed honoured guest speakers, Rafael Laguens, President of the World Veterinary Association, speaking about “Veterinary is a Health Profession”, and Estelle Hamelin from WOAH speaking about the recent WOAH General Session and the important Animal Health Forum themed discussions on Avian Influenza.

EASVO members were updated on actions from our new EASVO Strategy – the representative on the new AWWG is EASVO Vice-President Mark McCarthy and EASVO nominated a representative for the new Veterinary Public Health and Sustainability WG. Importantly, the Workforce Survey was successfully completed with 425 responses and, along with an initial analysis, and EASVO agreed on the next steps for more analysis, integration with the FVE 3rd survey of the profession and the actions that will flow from this information.

AND SUBSEQUENTLY, EASVO IS DELIGHTED TO REPORT THAT PRESIDENT JANE CLARK HAS BEEN ELECTED TO BE A VICE PRESIDENT ON THE NEXT FVE BOARD (2023-25) WHERE SHE WILL BE ABLE TO REPRESENT THE VIEWS OF EASVO ALONG WITH THE WIDER VETERINARY PROFESSION IN EUROPE

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November 2022

EASVO General Assembly

Valetta, Malta

On 24th November 2022, the EASVO General Assembly took place in Malta.

We were delighted to meet in person in Malta, ably supported by Wiebke from the FVE team. We agreed to support all of the items for vote on the FVE General Assembly agenda and enjoyed interesting discussions on several issues.
Excitingly we adopted our new EASVO Strategy and, in line with that, agreed to financially support EASVO representatives in the new Animal Welfare and Food Safety and Sustainability Working Groups (AWWG and FS&SWG).
We then welcomed our guest speakers, Claire White from the UK’s NFU in a joint session with UEVH speaking about her role as a “vet in industry”, Allan Muir from the European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians speaking about developing guidance for the implementation of the AH Regulations in Zoos and Estelle Hamelin from WOAH speaking about long distant transport, HPAI and updates on digital developments by WOAH and its members.
We also joined all the other FVE Sections in a joint session where we discussed our different perspectives on the subject of veterinary professional career pathways and the importance of the independence of the veterinarian. A particular thanks goes to our speaker from the International Veterinary Students' Association who spoke from the perspective of current veterinary students.
And, last but not least, we had our usual update on the AWWG with Mette Uldahl (FVE VP) and, while there were no FVE papers on animal welfare for vote, we held a useful discussion on the key issues facing EASVO members for consideration in establishing the work plan for the new AWWG. We also heard from members on issues as diverse as the successful identification of the incursion of a new orbivirus (EHDV) in Sardinia and Sicily, the implementation of the Article 25 Animal Health Regulation Vet visits, the status of animals in rewilding programmes, and food waste and the sustainable food chain. On the final point we agreed to recommend that this, and the important perspective of the impact on our farmed animals of food waste, is taken forward in the new FS&SWG.

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