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9 October 2015


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FVE in association with the Royal Dutch Veterinary Association organise a congress on


“Insects, food for thought and vets!”

9 October 2015, Nieuwegein, The Netherlands




How to get to Nieuwegein


The conference aims to provide the most recent developments related to insects farming, current legislation, the role of veterinarians and potential future scenarios.

It also aims to gather more information on this filed and provide the opportunity to meet scientists, farmers and policy makers.


Congress Venue - NBC Nieuwegein Blokhoeve 1, Nieuwegein

Hotel - Mercure Utrecht Nieuwegein Buizerdlaan 10, NIEUWEGEIN



Recent events


3 June 2015


Seminar “Stray dogs: present and future”

3 June 2015, Iași, Romania


Report Seminar



  • Stray dogs in the EU, a Commission contribution - A. Kostorz (DG Sante European Commission)
  • OIE stray dog strategy in Europe - N. Leboucq (OIE)
  • Protocols to measure effectiveness of dog population programs - J. Anzuino (ICAM-coalition)
  • Stray dog situation in Romania - Dr. Adina Ciurea
  • CAROdog & CAROcat: Key components for Responsible Ownership - M. Wartenberg (VIER PFOPTEN)
  • Showing veterinary leadership in this area: Poland - Dr Krzysztof Jażdżewski


16 - 17 April 2015


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FVE in Association with the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the participation of the European Commission organise a conference on


Natural disasters and “One – Health”
Are we prepared to react?


International Auditorium,
Boulevard Roi Albert II 5,
Brussels - Belgium







Natural disasters, such as floods, earthquakes or extreme climate conditions, severely challenge the health and welfare of people, animals and the ecosystem; individually and collectively.

The health of people is compromised not only by the cause of the disaster as such, but also by the level of health and welfare of the affected animals; carcasses in the countryside would be a source of infection, spread of diseases and contamination of water, food and feed; people reluctant to leave their farms or their pets behind may impede the work of rescue teams.

These are amongst the most challenging situations the veterinary profession can confront. Veterinarians are key players and must be well prepared to deal with the consequences of a disaster in order to achieve rapid and cost-efficient control. To do this, they must have a well-developed plan and the capacity to implement it.

This conference emphasizes the need for a holistic approach in disaster management by taking into consideration the human – animal – ecosystem interfaces. This will allow for more efficient reaction,  coordination and control during crises.

In collaboration with the other professionals involved in the civil protection mechanism, veterinarians can contribute significantly to the successful management of such emergencies. This conference will try to engage all different stakeholders in the civil protection mechanism to collaborate together and coordinate their actions through the holistic “One Health” approach. It aims to bring together people from all over Europe active in both the humanitarian and veterinary field.

The ultimate goal is to ensure that we are appropriately prepared to deal with natural disasters whenever they occur.


You may find more information on the Final Programme.


This event is addressed to;

  • persons and organizations involved in natural disaster management plans;
  • NGOs, competent authorities and regional offices that are part of the civil protection mechanism that provides humanitarian aid in the field;
  • any stakeholder that can play a role in properly informing and guiding the public properly.


Session I: Impact of natural disasters

Session II: Disaster management

Session III: One Health: essential element to preparedness

Photo Galery





7 April 2014






The FVE in collaboration with the CPME, supported by the Greek Presidency of the Council to the EU and the EU Commission, will organise a conference in Brussels, under the title:

Ensuring Health & Sustainability in Europe:

Doctors and Veterinarians emphasise “prevention is better than cure”

Monday 7th April 2014

International Auditorium
Boulevard Roi Albert II 5,
Brussels - Belgium

The aim of the event is to bring together stakeholders, active in the medical and veterinary sector, to discuss on how we can work collaboratively in a One-Health approach. The purpose of this initiative is to highlight the importance of prevention, in order to ensure human and animal health and welfare. More precisely the event will focus on:

  • the benefit coming from the implementation of good health management in practice, both in terms of health and welfare, as well as, of financial sustainability;
  • the importance of co-ordinating actions in both sectors via a One-Health approach, with a particular focus on zoonotic diseases
  • the role of the medical and veterinary profession in assuring these matters and educating the society

You may find more information in the FINAL PROGRAMME.






Session I:
Prevention is better than cure: What statistics say
The importance of One-Health approach as a key to ensure health and sustainability in Europe - Rui Lemos Silva
Prevention is better than cure: Examples from the veterinary sector
- Jonathan Rushton
Prevention is better than cure: Examples from the medical sector - Stefaan Poriau, Christophe Maes

Session II: Ensuring health and welfare of people and animals in a globalized environment
Working towards One world – One Health
- Katinka de Balogh
Vaccination as a tool for handling epidemics and improving health inequalities
-Agoritsa Baka
How to prevent zoonotic disease outbreaks in a globalised environment - Mary Yianniou, Olga Mangana

Session III: Collaboration of Health professionals in practice
Common zoonoses representing a public health threat in Europe: WHO perspective - Hilde Kruse
Looking at enhanced crisis preparedness and early detection of outbreaks in the EU - Koen Van Dyck
The role of close collaboration of veterinary and medical authorities in early detection of zoonotic disease outbreaks -Myrsini Tzani, Agoritsa Baka

Session IV: One-health: How to improve communication
The collaborative role of health professionals in One Health education and communication - Josef D. Järhult
One Health debate: What veterinary profession expects from medical profession? - Christophe Buhot, Katrín Fjeldsted




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19 - 20 June



Critical Factors of Welfare of Dogs and Cats involved in commercial practices.


On 29 October 2013 the Lithuanian Presidency together with Eurogroup for Animals, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and VIER PFOTEN International organised a workshop on the 'Critical Factors of Welfare of Dogs and Cats involved in commercial practices'.

The aim of the workshop was to proceed with the discussion on the welfare of dogs and cats and the problems common to Member States, to share experiences and to propose possible ways forward.

You can find the list of the topics and the presentations below:

Dog and cat breeding

Dog and cat trade

Dog and cat identification and registration

Conclusions of the Workshop on “The critical factors for the welfare of dogs and cats involved in commercial practices"


All presentations are also available on the website of the Lithuanian Presidecy.

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19 - 20 June



Wild Animals in Captivity – Animal Welfare, Law and Enforcement


The EU Animal Welfare Strategy (2012 – 2015) and the Institutions of the European Union recognise that ‘wild animals in captivity’ require greater protection.This inaugural two day Conference is dedicated to this issue.


Representatives from Member State governments, the European Institutions, notable academics, industry experts and animal welfare NGOs, will help this Conference identify workable solutions to improve the lives of wild animals in captivity in the European Union



Draft agenda


Majority of the presentations from the Conference are available at this temporary location.


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16 -17 May 2013

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe in association with the Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union and with the support of the European Commission is organising a conference under the title:


'Caring for Health and Welfare of fish:

A critical success factor for aquaculture'


Thursday 16 and Friday17 May 2013


International Auditorium
Boulevard Roi Albert II 5,

B-1210 Brussels

The conference aims at bringing together the different stakeholders in the field of aquaculture. The purpose of this event is to review the current situation in the EU and identify animal health and welfare issues that need to be addressed. Further to this, it will look into the role of the veterinary profession in assuring these matters.


Final Agenda

Conclusions presented to the Council



Session I
Aquaculture and aquatic animal health in Europe: Current and emerging diseases

Ensuring best practices in aquaculture

Session III
The role of Veterinarian in Aquatic business sector


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26 February 2013

Zoetis workshop:

‘Innovation in Veterinary medicines and the competiveness of Livestock Farming in the EU – A Success Story to be continued?’

On Tuesday 26th February, the pharmaceutical company Zoetis (pronounce zö-EH-tis) held a successful workshop on challenges and the future of EU livestock farming. Speakers from European Parliament, the European Commission, the Presidency of the Council of the EU and Academia presented their views.

In the following panel discussion, FVE president Christophe Buhot highlighted the role of the veterinary profession in innovation and sustainable intensification.


Scott Brown

David Leaver

Brian Kilgallen

Patricia Reilly


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4 and 5 October 2012

On the occasion of World Animal Day, on 4 October 2012, FVE organises a Conference in Brussels, on

“Import & keeping of exotic animals in Europe”
Existing concerns and risks - Current challenges to meet


Thursday 4 and Friday 5 October 2012


International Auditorium
Boulevard Roi Albert II 5, B-1210 Brussels


The purpose of this event - organised together with the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the EU, the EU Commission and the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office - was to exchange information on the ways that exotic animals enter the EU market and end up in the different EU countries; to point out the challenges for animal health and welfare and the possible impact on public health. The seminar was followed by a Networking reception.



Conference Conclusions

Council Conclusions


Session I: Current situation and gaps in EU legislation

Session II: Animal health and welfare risks related to import and keeping of exotic species(part 1)

Session III: Animal health and welfare risks related to import and keeping of exotic species(part 2)

Session IV: Exotic animals & Public health risks

Session V: Implementation & Enforcement of EU, National & International Legislation

Photo gallery

''Wild Pets in the European Union'' report issued by ENDCAP in October 2012.
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Previous events

14 December 2011

3rd Roundtable on modernization of meat inspection

Introduction - Mr Bernard Van Goethem
- EFSA Overview - Dr Marta Hugas
Epidemiological indicators for meat inspection of swine - Dr. P Makela
Review & questionnaire - Mr A Ottevanger
Control options - Mr K DeSmet
Panel: 1 session - 2 session - 3 session
- Conclusions and way forward - Mr K Van Djck

2nd Roundtable - October 2010
Morning Session

- Welcome and Summary of Round Table 18 May 2010 - Dr Koen Van Dyck
- Towards a safer, saner simpler approach to meat safety and trade - Dr Richard Arsenault
- Principles of consumer focused meat inspection - Mr Robert Remy
- State of play EFSA risk assessment on meat inspection - Dr Marta Hurgas
- Towards an improved inspection system - Dr Robert Huey
- Current public health problems related to pork - Mr Arie Havelaar
- Stakeholders COPA/FVE/UECBV seminar conclusions 14/09/2010

Afternoon Session

- General view on EU/World pig and pork sector - Dr Lis Alban
- Experience with risk based meat inspection of fattening pigs in Germany - Dr Lüppo Ellerbroek
- Improvement of supply chain inspection in pigs - Dr Bert Urlings
- Databased online register as a tool for meat inspection - Dr Sanna Nikunen
- Visual inspection of fattening pigs - Dr Charlotte Vilstrup
- Conclusion and Closing - Dr Eric Poudelet

18 November 2011
FVE Seminar on antimicrobials

In the occasion of EU Antibiotic Awareness Day, the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) with the support of EC DG Sanco and the Polish Presidency organiseed the following seminar:

"Antimicrobials: a true One Health issue"
Challenges and opportunities in the medical and veterinary field.


Polish Presidency

Background from a medical perspective (Prof H Goossens, Antwerp University)
Background from a veterinary perspective (Prof J Dewulf, Gent University)
Antimicrobials Use in the EU from the veterinary perspective general trends and experience in Poland (Dr. D Wasyl, National Veterinary Institute Pulawy (Pl)
European Commission: Communication on Antimicrobial Resistance of 18 November 2011 (DG SANCO, Mr L Miko, Deputy Director General for the Food Chain)
European Parliament (Ms M Paulsen, MEP)
FVE’s position and initiatives (Dr C Buhot, President FVE)

15 July 2011 FVE President Mr. C Buhot speech at the American Veterinary Medical Association House of Delegates (Pdf)

10 June 2011


FVE President Mr. C Buhot speech at the FVE GA in Palermo (Pdf)

14 September 2010: FVE, UECBV and Copa Cogeca Joint Seminar 14 September 2010: FVE, UECBV and Copa Cogeca Joint Seminar

Food safety: a shared responsibility. The future of meat inspection: stakeholders’ contribution to the Commission round tables on the review of meat inspection

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TAIEX Seminars 2010

FVE / TAIEX Workshop on "Strengthening livestock health and Veterinary Services in Ukraine" Kiev 2-3 November 2010

  • A strong livestock sector needs strong veterinary services - S O' Laoide
  • The economical sense of "Prevention is better than cure" - C Plante
  • Public Health and Veterinary Public Health: the veterinarian's role - R Huey
  • Identification, Registration and Traceability: from Farm to Fork - A Chirkowsky
  • Herd Health Management - G Opsomer
  • Veterinary medicines legislation and licensing in Ukraine - T Mykola
  • Veterinary medicines legislation in Europe - N DeBriyne
  • Antimicrobials and responsible use - P Jones
  • The veterinary profession and education in Ukraine - state of play - O Rud - T Mykola
  • Profound education - pre-condition for free movement of veterinarians within Europe - M Wanner
  • Statutory Body - a necessity for a well regulated profession - F Proscia
  • Lifelong learning/Continuing Professional Development - requirement for all vets - W Winding
  • Privatisation of the veterinary profession: role of official vets and private vets - O Zorko
  • EC supporting Ukraine - E Bedert
  • FAO's assistance for sustainable development of livestock sector - V Guberti


FVE / TAIEX Conference on "Animal Welfare: from cure to prevention" Belgrade, 24 - 25 March 2010

TAIEX Seminars 2008

FVE / TAIEX Conference on Regional rabies control, Antalya, 4-5 December 2008

Taiex Library

Public Health

FVE Conference on Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Brussels, 8 April 2008

TAIEX Seminars 2008

FVE / TAIEX Conference on Veterinary Medicines Legislation, Zagreb, 18 March 2008

Taiex Library

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