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- Improve the Veterinary care of Pets
- Highlight the Human-Animal bond
- One Health concept
realise its mission and vision, FECAVA is active through Council
Meetings and Working Groups in the main areas of Continuing
including the annual European
European Symposia and Continuing Education Courses and the FECAVA
Journal: EJCAP (European
Journal of Companion Animal Practice).
EuroCongress Committee is continuously reviewing the standards.
Group on Continuing Education (CE)
Working Group on One Health:
Working Group on Animal Health & Welfare:
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
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.
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).
communication with the committee can be directed initially to the
chairman at email@example.com
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.
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).
communication with the committee can be directed initially to the
chairman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Advisory Sub-committee is
a standing committee revising the finances and advising the Council
on financial matters.
Education in Eastern Europe
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.
FECAVA was a driving force to set up VETCEE which is a joint initiative of EAEVE, EBVS, FVE 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.
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
of the VetCEE working group are: Krista Arnold, Lea Kreszinger, Simon
Orr and Milos Urban
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, www.ejcap.org. The Working Group also assists the FECAVA board in the annual selection of FECAVA lectures and EJCAP award winners.
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 www.acovene.org. 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.
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 email@example.com
The global approach of “One Health” was also the background of the EJCAP special issue on zoonosis published online 2009.
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.
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
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, www.carodog.eu was developed on responsible ownership.
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.
outcome of the Working Group to create maps for expansion of
infectious diseases in Europe has been published in EJCAP 4 (1),
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.
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
Working group on cooperation of animal insurance in Europe continues
watching the development within Europe.
Wolfgang Dohne, Ann Criel, Denis Novak, Bob Carrière, Zbignieuw Blimke, Igor Krampl, Krista Arnold, Lea Kreszinger, Linda Jakusenoka, Manfred Hochleitner, Gizem Taktak, Ulrike Tewes
Stein Dahl,Ann Criel, Igor Krampl, Krista Arnold, Ulrike Tewes
Wolfgang Dohne, Stephan Neuman, Jordi Franch, Ilya Sereda, Helle Johansen, Janne Orro, Ulrike Tewes
Bob Carrière, Krista Arnold, Denis Novak, Katharina Brunner, Robert Popa
Stein Dahl, Ann Criel, Beate Schukg, Annika Tranaeus Rowe, Katharina Brunner, Claude Beata