Projects initiated by the FECAVA Council are implemented by Working Groups (WG)

To realise its mission and vision, FECAVA is active through Council Meetings and Working Groups in the main areas of Continuing Education, including the annual European Congress, European Symposia and Continuing Education Courses and the FECAVA Journal: EJCAP (European Journal of Companion Animal Practice). 

The development of European Standards in various fields where companion animal veterinary practitioners are active. The outputs are policy statements and guidelines. 

The EuroCongress Committee is continuously reviewing the standards.

Working Group on Continuing Education (CE)

Working Group on One Health:

Working Group on Animal Health & Welfare:

Working Group on Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

FECAVA recognizes that the human animal bond is important to human and community health.

The proven positive impact of animals on people’s lives has led to their integration into specialized intervention methods for the benefit of human health. These Animal Facilitated Activities take place in different scientific and interdisciplinary fields including genetics, biology, developmental psychology, nursing and psychoanalysis.  In medical and veterinary science, they are divided into two groups: a) animal assisted therapy (AAT) and b) animal assisted activities.

The involvement of veterinarians in AAT programs is critical. They serve public and animal health as interdisciplinary experts in zoonotic disease and animal welfare. They can provide answers to fundamental questions concerning animal husbandry and behaviour.

The AAT Working Group produced a Policy Statement on the role of veterinarians in AAT programs. Their role is to liaise and network with AAF stakeholders. Acknowledging this, the 2012 FECAVA Symposium is titled ‘’Animal assisted facilities: companionship works its magic’’.

Members of the AAT-WG: Stein Dahl, Ann Criel, Beate Schuckg, Annika Tranaeus Rowe, Katharina Brunner, Claude Beata

EuroCongress Committee

The work of this committee involves various aspects of the annual FECAVA EuroCongress.

These include the Guidelines for the FECAVA EuroCongress, principles for wetlabs and for workshops with live animals and joint congress protocols with WSAVA. The committee supports and advises the organisers of forthcoming EuroCongresses and is assessing new EuroCongress applications.

The committee is chaired by Wolfgang Dohne (FECAVA Vice-President) and members include Stephan Neuman (DGK-DVG), Jordi Franch (AVEPA), Ilya Sereda (RSAVA), Helle Johansen (DSAVA), Janne Orro (ESAVA), and Ulrike Tewes (FECAVA Office Manager).

All communication with the committee can be directed initially to the chairman at

Online Committee

In Bologna in June 1998 FECAVA decided to set up a website as a purely informational site. Due to the development of the new media, FECAVA decided to develop a more interactive website including the EJCAP online. It will permit all members to be well informed about the latest news in the European companion animal veterinary world, allowing exchanges on specific topics in blogs and so strengthen the community of companion animal veterinarians all over Europe.

Marketing Committee

This committee is looking into various aspects of advertising and promoting FECAVA's benefits and services to our members and to the veterinary and non-veterinary world in general and to support the relationship with our sponsors and corporate partners.

Recent and ongoing projects involve FECAVA's social media presence, the design of leaflets and logos, the creation and administration of FECAVA awards (other than the EJCAP award) and of the Federation's membership card, the design and production of a marketing prospectus, the planning and organisation of a FECAVA stand at FECAVA EuroCongresses and at other larger national congresses to name just a few.

The committee is chaired by Wolfgang Dohne (FECAVA Vice-President) and members include Ann Criel (FECAVA Honorary Secretary), Denis Novak (FECAVA treasurer), Bob Carriere (NACAM), Zbigniew Blimke (PSAVA), Igor Krampl (SkSAVA), Krista Arnold (BSAVA), Lea Kreszinger (CSAVS), Linda Jakusenoka (LSAPS), Manfred Hochleitner (VOEK), Gizem Taktak (TSAVA) and Ulrike Tewes (FECAVA Office Manager).

All communication with the committee can be directed initially to the chairman at  .

The Constitution Review Working Group revises regularly the constitution to ensure it meets the actual needs.

The Financial Advisory Sub-committee is a standing committee revising the finances and advising the Council on financial matters.

Continuing Education in Eastern Europe

FECAVA provides support to member associations in Eastern Europe to assist with C.E. events. These events have been very successful and many have attracted collaboration and participation from neighbouring countries. As time progresses some countries no longer require assistance and so funds are redirected as appropriate.

VETCEE (Veterinary Continuous Education in Europe)

FECAVA was a driving force to set up VETCEE which is a joint initiative of EAEVEEBVSFVE and UEVP. VETCEE develops standards for structured continuing professional development and mutual recognition across Europe.

It develops separate dossiers of competencies for the different species based on the VETCEE standard and in collaboration with European associations acting on each different discipline of the veterinary profession. So far, VETCEE has adopted five dossiers of competences, namely in Companion Animal Medicine, Porcine Health Management, Equine Medicine, Bovine Health and Production and Laboratory Animal Science and Medicine.

It appoints independent panels of experts to evaluate programmes in the European countries according to the VETCEE Standard and the respective Dossier of Competencies. Programmes that successfully pass the evaluation are approved by the VETCEE Board and granted the VETCEE logo.

For each programme category standards are developed by a subcommittee that is supervised and supported by one or more European veterinary organizations from the relevant sector as approved by the VETCEE board. FECAVA is the supervising organisation for the companion animal subcommittee.

Members of the VetCEE working group are: Krista Arnold, Lea Kreszinger, Simon Orr and Milos Urban

EJCAP Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is responsible for the content of the European Journal of Companion Animal Practice, the official journal of FECAVA. Its main activities are to assist the Editor in the coordination, proposal and editing of content, the selection and assessment of papers and the regular revision of publishing conditions. It closely works together with the Online committee concerning the journal’s website, The Working Group also assists the FECAVA board in the annual selection of FECAVA lectures and EJCAP award winners.

Veterinary Nursing Education

This collaborative project established a common European training for veterinary nurses. The outcome of this exemplary para-CA-veterinarian standardization project can be found under In order to promote the education and training of veterinary nurses, lectures are held specifically for veterinary nurses at FECAVA congresses and have a strong appeal.

One Health

Hygiene and the Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice 

The FECAVA Working Group on Hygiene and the Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice was initiated in 2007 by SSAVA.  The group work to increase veterinary awareness in hygiene and responsible use of antimicrobials. The group connects to different experts in different fields and also organizations working towards the same aim. The initial group consisted of Dr. Peter Murphy, VICAS (Ireland), Dr. Katerina Loukaki, HVMS (Greece), Dr. Didier Carlotti, AFVAC (France) and Alexandra Vilén, SSAVA (Sweden) as chairwoman. The group quickly got the much welcome addition of Prof. David Lloyd and PhD student Ana Mateus both from RVC, UK. In 2010 Ulrika Grönlund-Andersson from the National Swedish Institute (SVA) joined us and in 2011 the group has received additional members with Dr Jean-Francois Rousselot, AFVAC (France) and Dr. Alexandre Bongartz SAVAB – Wallonia (Belgium)

In 2010 the group published an illustrative poster with the different steps to achieve correct hygiene measurements in veterinary practice. The aim is now to produce 3-4 posters on responsible use of antimicrobials until the end of 2013

For any information contact Alexandra Vilén

The global approach of “One Health” was also the background of the EJCAP special issue on zoonosis published online 2009.

The Blue dog project

In 2006 FECAVA was involved in the development of the dog cohabitation project “The Blue Dog”. The reason for this interdisciplinary project was the fact that 75% of the dog bite accidents happen at home with young children between 3 and 6 years with the family dog. It is scientifically proven that the interactive computer game has a positive influence on the child's interactions with the dog. 

Socio-Eonomic Value of Companion Animals 

This working group is expanding to include a sub-committee on Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Activities and will collate information and explore how the veterinary profession may work with and assist groups providing such services. It is important to collate evidence and promote the value of companion animals both in economic and social terms. The document on the socio-economic value of companion animals is one of the outcomes of the working group. The effects of such efforts are not seen immediately but are a long term investment in the development and promotion of the relevance of companion animal welfare and healthcare in Europe. The working group worked out the policy statement on the role of veterinarians in AAT programmes. Together with FVE it is cooperating with IAHAIO

Animal Welfare

A FECAVA Working Group together with WSPA worked out guidelines for stray animals in Europe, the keeping of wild animals and exotic animals as pets, elaborated recommendations on the cropping of ears and tails and on dangerous dogs, where the authors especially underlined that breed-specific legislation is not useful, and that the emphasis has to be placed on increasing the training of animals and animal owners. Through FVE, was developed on responsible ownership. 

Companion Animal Identification

The aim of this working group was to report on the different systems and experiences with microchips and work out a standardized European approach. The Council agreed on the policy statement on identification of companion animal identification by microchipping.

The outcome of the Working Group to create maps for expansion of infectious diseases in Europe has been published in EJCAP 4 (1), 16-19, (1994).

Regarding the prescribing and dispensing of veterinary drugs in the individual EU Member Nations, UEVP and FVE are very committed and FECAVA exchange information on this important political issue. Maintaining availability of medicines for use in companion animal practice in Europe is an ongoing challenge essential to the practice of high quality veterinary care. This is not only an issue for smaller member states but in the future will remain an important issue for larger member countries where continued availability of products must be protected. Medicines legislation is under review by the European Commission and FECAVA plays an active role in the FVE Medicines Working Group where the particular challenges both present and future are kept on the agenda.

The working group on the elaboration of standards for veterinary clinics and centres in Europe proposed that at the moment no uniform standards for the whole of Europe are possible. FVE took over the subject to work on practice standards that should apply across Europe, without coming into conflict with national jurisdictions and regulations. FECAVA is active in collating information to support FVE.

The Working group on cooperation of animal insurance in Europe continues watching the development within Europe.

Marketing Committee

Marketing Committee

Wolfgang Dohne, Ann Criel, Denis Novak, Bob Carrière, Zbignieuw Blimke, Igor Krampl, Krista Arnold, Lea Kreszinger, Linda Jakusenoka, Manfred Hochleitner, Gizem Taktak, Ulrike Tewes

Online Committee

Online Committee

Stein Dahl,Ann Criel, Igor Krampl, Krista Arnold, Ulrike Tewes

Euro-congres committee

Euro-congres committee

Wolfgang Dohne, Stephan Neuman, Jordi Franch, Ilya Sereda, Helle Johansen, Janne Orro, Ulrike Tewes

Financial Advisory Committee

Financial Advisory Committee

Bob Carrière, Krista Arnold, Denis Novak, Katharina Brunner, Robert Popa

AAT Working group

AAT Working group

Stein Dahl, Ann Criel, Beate Schukg, Annika Tranaeus Rowe, Katharina Brunner, Claude Beata