A disease is unpredictable in our increasingly globalised world, particularly diseases linked to infections caused by novel strains of microorganisms. Disease outbreaks can have huge economic and animal health and welfare consequences.
Therefore keeping an efficient disease control system needs to remain one of the most important priorities for the future. Vaccination can be a vital way to prevent, form a barrier or stop a disease.
Vaccination of all animals – both livestock and companion animals – is and should always remain a veterinary act. Veterinarians are trained to make sure vaccination is done in an optimised way and according to the vaccination plan. If this should be liberalised, there is a danger that this might compromise animal health, animal welfare and public
health, with a subsequent economic loss.