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The European Veterinary profession, embodied by FVE, strives to promote animal health, animal welfare and public health across Europe.

Together with its members, FVE aims to support veterinarians in delivering their professional responsibilities at the best possible level, recognised and valued by society.

Further to their high education and training, and through the application of their specific knowledge of animals and related technical skills, veterinarians contribute - in a unique way - to the prevention and control of health and welfare issues in animals, including wildlife and related human health problems. Veterinarians therefore are experts in the field of animal health, animal welfare and public health.

"Veterinarians care for animals and people"

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe

(FVE) was founded in 1975. Today, we represent 46 national veterinary organizations across 38 European countries and 4 vibrant Sections, each of which represents key groups within our profession: Practitioners (UEVP), Hygienists (UEVH), Veterinary State Officers (EASVO) and Veterinarians in Education, Research and Industry (EVERI).

While times change, our essential purpose has not. Our task is still to unite and represent the whole veterinary profession, in all its wonderful diversity, across the whole of Europe.

Our aim remains to create the right conditions so we can carry out the tasks society has conferred on us: to care for animal health and welfare and veterinary public health.

FVE has from the outset been a highly respected organisation with many professional bodies commenting on our ability to influence national, European and even global institutions so that they accept our ideas and proposals. Our ability to influence and partner these critical institutions has become a traditional role for FVE that we aim to develop and deepen in the coming years.

Easy to say, but not so easy to deliver, especially considering our profession is relatively small and the competition is powerful. According to our Members and other stakeholders, recent political and economic changes in the world are making our tasks harder. The key message of our strategy is that we cannot stand still.

We need to develop as a Federation if we are to remain as successful in the future as we have been in the past. In particular, we must all learn to speak with one voice, in relation to common goals and to prioritise those issues of greatest importance to our work.

The Board believes our future collective success depends on the reputation and position of the veterinary profession, in all its disciplines, within our national and European society. We must ensure that our role and contribution is known, understood and valued by everyone, including the general public through to European Institutions, global organisations but also from the individual animal owner to persons such as EU-Commissioner of DG Health and Consumer Protection himself. To achieve this we will complement our traditional strengths, such as the scientific and ethical basis of our work, with new competences, such as a coherent communications policy. We must not only do well, we must also be seen to be doing well. Most of all, we must all do these things together, each in our own way. Our strategy is an invitation to all of us, Secretariat, Board and Members alike, to consider how we will each contribute, in the ways that work best for us. We look forward to hearing how we will all respond to the challenge.

strategy document

FVE's Strategy 2011-2015