Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
About FVE
Affiliated Organisations


The Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations
is a member of the UEVP Section



The European Association of Porcine Health Management

is not a member of the FVE

FEEVA (Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations)

FEEVA was created in Strasbourg in 1998 when equine veterinary practitioners from different EU countries met to discuss with European Parliament members the issue of medicine regulations concerning horses. Restriction of authorized medicines to treat horses was a thread to horse health and welfare. Since that time, numerous national equine veterinary associations have joined FEEVA to work on all matters related to horse health and welfare throughout Europe together with the need to safeguard public health.


Structure of FEEVA


FEEVA Board elected January 2013:
  • Christine Hinterhofer (AU)
  • Claire Scicluna (FR) - General Secretary
  • Giorgio Ricardi (IT) - President
  • Juris Tolpeznikovs (LV)
  • Miguel C. Llorca (Spain) - Treasurer
  • Ben Mayes (UK)


The FEEVA Board members are elected by the yearly General Assembly.


FEEVA member organisations are:


FEEVA News flashes


FEEVA publishes regular FEEVA Newsmails.


FEEVA Consultations and Projects


FEEVA Consultations:



2013: FEEVA survey on antibiotic resistance (outcome)

2012: Disease Surveillance Survey (outcome) NEW (presentation)

2010 Consultation on Horse Identification horse_id_survey


FEEVA Projects


FEEVA was part of the CALLISTO project. Callisto stands for Companion Animals multisectoriaL interprofessionaL and Interdisciplinary Strategic Think tank On zoonoses and the project aims to provide an overview of the current situation and propose targeted actions to prevent and reduce the health risks for humans and food animals associated with keeping companion animals.

For more info:

FEEVA & World Horse Welfare drafted together with many other stakeholders guidelines for fitness of transport of horses. The guidelines were published in February 2016 (see press release). They are available on request to nancy@fve.org.


FEEVA is also involved in the EU project developing Animal Transport Guides. This project started in May 2015 and will end in May 2018. The aim is to draft species-specific guides to enhance the welfare of animals during transportation.

More info can be found on the project website.



European Horse Network - EHN


The  European Horse Network is a non-profit network of stakeholders acting at a World, European, National or Regional level within the European horse sector. Nancy De Briyne is Board member of EHN, representing FEEVA.


The EHN website is http://www.europeanhorsenetwork.eu/


For update on EHN activities see


FEEVA Working Groups


FEEVA has the following working groups:

  • FEEVA Working group on Medicines
  • FEEVA Working group on disease surveillance (Led by Miguel Llorca)

Report M. Llorca on OIE Session 2015

  • FEEVA Working Group on Pre-Purchase Exams (Led by Ben Mayes)





The European Equine Meeting of the Year:

Every year, the FEEVA board one upcoming equine scientific congress held in Europe as the "European Equine Meeting of the Year."

Do you want your upcoming Equine congress to receive this title? Criteria for such recognition are:

- English language adoption or English simultaneous translation
- easy venue
- scientific and cultural interest
- rotation amongst FEEVA members' nations.

The FEEVA European Equine Meeting of the year is the ideal place for all equine veterinarians in Europe to meet and exchange opinions on the latest scientific and technical updates. The FEEVA General Assembly is held in conjunction with the EMY and exchanges at a European level are promoted to the best of our common interests. Consider attending the next EMY for the latest in equine veterinary science and policy combined, each year at a novel venue.


Future EMY's other equine meetings:


The future FEEVA European Meeting of the Year will take place in Berlin on 27 October 2016 followed by a 2-day GPM/GEVA congress.


The next FEEVA General Assembly will take place in Berlin on 27 October 2016.

Information Flyer



Minutes of FEEVA GA's:
Interesting presentations:

Presentations given at the FEEVA GA Lisbon 15 May 2015

Presentations given at Board meeting

Presentations given at UEVP and FVE Ga Biarritz May 2014

Presentations given during the FEEVA AM in Roissy, France

Presentations given at UEVP and FVE Ga Maribor June 2013

Presentations given during the 2013 FEEVA AM in Arezzu, Italy:

Presentations given during the 2012 FEEVA AM in Vienna:

Presentations given during the 2011 FEEVA AM in Copenhagen:

Presentations given during the 2010 FEEVA AM in Debrecen:

Presentations given during the 2009 FEEVA AM in Dublin:

Presentations given during the 2008 FEEVA AM in Venice:


Policy Statements:

FEEVA statement on Ketamine (2015)

The Federation of Equine Veterinary Associations of Europe (FEEVA) wishes to underline that Ketamine is very widely used for anesthesia and analgesia by equine veterinarians across all Europe. It is the only injectable anesthetic that is safe and well tested in the full range of species under a veterinarian’s care. Similarly to other species, ketamine is  used in horses as a primary anesthetic and for the induction to inhalant anesthesia. Ketamine is an essential anesthetic in equine veterinary practice, both in hospital settings and in the field. FEEVA opposes any re-classification of Ketamine which would limits its availability. See position.


FEEVA and FVE leaflet on antimicrobial resistance for horse owners and professionals (2014)

European horse vets joined their voices on “How to use antibiotics responsibly” and developed a leaflet with responsible use guidelines for the horse owners and professionals. This leaflet is one of the series of leaflets published with advise on the responsible use of antibiotics.

The horse leaflet can be found here and all leaflets can be found here

Horse AMR leaflet (2014) in English, German and Spanish


Cascade Guide for veterinarians if NO authorised medicinal product is available (2014)

This brochures explains which products veterinarians are allowed to use if no authorised product exist for a certain condition or a certain species. It also lists the list of essential substances for Equidae.

The brochure is available in English and in Spanish.


FEEVA Position on Transport of horses (2012)

FEEVA is of the opinion that horses for welfare reasons should be slaughtered as close to the point of origin as possible, keeping transport to a minimum and where transportation is necessary, the horse's welfare should be considered with priority, observing all regulations addressing the needs of these animals. FEEVA strongly supports the maximum 8-hour limit adopted by the European Parliament.

Full position can be found here.


FEEVA Position on Identification and Registration of horses (2010)

FEEVA considers that electronic identification of horses in combination with the passport and diagram and registration in one central European Union (EU) database is the method of choice to identify and register all horses. Full position can be found here.

FEEVA Position on the need for slaughter of horses for human consumption (2010)

FEEVA recognizes the need for humane slaughter and disposal of horses as a natural
consequence and a natural part of keeping horses for sport, pleasure and/or food production. FEEVA considers consumption of horse meat to be a matter of individual choice. FEEVA believes that horses, for welfare reasons, should be slauthered as close to the point of origin as possible, keeping transport to a minimum. Full position can be found here

FEEVA Position on Infectious Disease Surveillance (2010)

FEEVA welcomes the development and implementation of disease surveillance programmes by the regulatory authorities and the equine industry across the member states.

FEEVA also welcomes the accurate and prompt reporting of the results of disease surveillance programmes to ensure ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of disease control measures. Full position can be found here.


FEEVA Realisations:

FEEVA considerably enlarged medicines availability for horses!

In 1998, FEEVA representatives met with several Members of the European Parliament to propose an official passport for horses. And, 7 years later the passport was there, which now makes that you can declare a horse a companion animal and thereby considerably enlarging medicine availability for horses.

Furthermore, thanks to FEEVA a essential list of products for treatment of horses was adopted end 2006. Veterinary practitioners will be allowed to make use of the listed products for the treatment of horses and other equidae intended for human consumption. The administration of these products will need to be registered in the horse passport and the withdrawal period for all products is 6 months. Horses NOT intended for human consumption according to their passport can already be treated with these products following the so-called cascade for non-foodproducing animals – provided the national authority has implemented this possibility in the national legislation.

In 2009 and 2012, thanks to the extensive lobby work of FEEVA in collaboration with FVE the list of essential products was extended to substances which bring added clinical benefit compared to other treatment options available for equidae.


FEEVA Origin:

The concept of FEEVA was born in late 1997 out of reaction to the loss of licensed Equine veterinary medicines such as 'bute'. Tribute for its birth must be given to Henk Vaarkamp and Willem Back, both from the Netherlands. Further issues appearing on the agenda were besides ‘Medicine availability’, Passports and Microchipping, EU Recognized Equine Clinicians, Equine Welfare and Horse Transport.

FEEVA Presidents: from 1997 to today:

1999-2003 Willem Back (Netherlands) - Founding President
2003-2005 Jacques Bardiès (France)
2005-2007 Alistair Barr (UK)
2007-2009 Joe Collins (Ireland)
2009-2012 Josh Slater (UK)
2012-20?? Giorgio Ricardi (IT)




The FEEVA secretariat is seated in Brussels at the following address:

Avenue de Tervueren 12
B-1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 533 70 20
e-mail: info@feeva.org


EAPHM (European Association of Porcine Health Management)

European pig vets have decided to set up a new association, the European Association of Porcine Health Management (EAPHM). The objectives of the new association are primarily to increase contact and interaction across an increasingly borderless Europe, but also to represent pig vets interests and views on the increasingly important aspects of welfare, health and production that are on the horizon.

Find out more about EAPHM



The EAPHM secretariat is seated in Brussels at the following address:

Avenue de Tervueren 12
B-1040 Brussels

Phone: (+45) 31 260 800
E-mail: phj@fibderpost.dk