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UEVH - Union of European Veterinary Hygienists

Veterinarians for Public Health
all creatures, great and smallAt a meeting of public health veterinarians held in Paris during October 1966, the decision was taken to create an European organisation called the 'Association européenne des directeurs d'abattoirs publics'. The first General Assembly of this new veterinary organisation was held on the 1st July 1967 in Geneva.

During 1976, the Association changed its statutes in order to become eligible for membership of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and adopted its current name.

The aims of the 'Union' as stated in the statutes are:
- to study and recommend any measures permitting the improvement of the quality and safety of foodstuffs with the objective of the protection of veterinary public health and improving conditions for humans, by using veterinary science;
- to promote the role of the veterinarian in the whole of the foodchain, from stable to table.

The UEVH has twenty full member delegations representing veterinarians from twenty European countries with, in addition, the World Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists and Argentina attending as observers. While the majority of delegates are employed in the provision of enforcement of controls in foods of animal origin others come from a background of national and European policy development, research, industry and academia.


Among current concerns in the UEVH are:


Implementation and Review of the "Hygiene Package", modernisation of meat inspection, CPD of veterinarians working in food hygiene.


UEVH Board 2013-2014:

President: Sean O'Laoide (Ireland)
Henning Knudsen (Denmark)
Emilian Kudyba (Poland)
Guenter Klein (Germany)
Jason Aldiss (UK)

UEVH member associations:
  • Austria: Österreichische Tierärztekammer (ÖTK)
  • Belgium: Vlaamse Dierenartsen Vereniging (VDV)
  • Serbia: Serbian Veterinary Food Safety Association
  • Czech Republik: Komora veterinarnich lekaru Ceské
  • Denmark: Den Danske Dyrlægeforening (DDD)
  • Finland: Suomen Eläinlaäkäriliitto (SELL)
  • France: Syndicat National des Vétérinaires Inspecteurs de l'Administration (SNISPV)
  • Germany: Bundestierärztekammer (BTK)
  • Greece: Hellenic Veterinary Association (PKS)
  • Ireland: Veterinary Council of Ireland
  • Italy: Sindicato Italiano Veterinari Medicina Pubblicca (SIVeMP)
  • Latvia: Latvijas Veterinararstu Biedriba (LBV)
  • Luxemburg: Association Luxembourgeoise des Vétérinaires Hygiénistes de l'Alimentation (ALVHA)
  • Netherlands: Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Diergeneeskunde (KNMvD)
  • Norway: Den Norske Veterinærforening (DNV)
  • Poland: Krajowa Izba Lekarsko-Weterynaryjna (KIL-W)
  • Portugal: Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Véterinàrios (SNMV)
  • Spain: Consejo General de Colegios Veterinarios de España (CGCVE)
  • Sweden: Sveriges Veterinärförbund (SVF)
  • Switzerland: Office Vétérinaire Fédéral
  • United Kingdom: Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)

UEVH observer associations:

  • WAVFH: World Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists
  • Argentina: Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroaliment
Contact: francesco@fve.org