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(EPRUMA, 15 March:) The European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals (EPRUMA) welcomes DG SANTE’s initiative to strengthen EU citizens’ awareness about the benefits of vaccination, and notices that the current public consultation on ‘Strengthened cooperation against vaccine preventable diseases’ does not cover vaccination in veterinary medicine, an essential element of a One Health approach.
(From Veterinary Times, 13/3/18:) The guide covers various areas of canine health, with detailed information and illustrations showing how exaggerated conformation can affect dog heakth in categorie two and three breeds.
The design of some of the EU pet passports is not perfect: there is no adequate space for multiple ownership, booster vaccinations, microchip numbers and dates of microchipping – to name but a few. In a follow-up of an earlier correspondence to the European Commission late 2017, FECAVA Board members Ann Criel and Danny Holmes met with Hélène Klein of the EU Commission on 5 March to discuss how this could be improved. They were accompanied by Nancy De Briyne and Andrew Robinson of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe.
Over 2,500 'rescued' street dogs were imported to Finland last year, nearly ten times the amount of seven years ago. However well intended, cross-border adoption of rescue dogs is not without risk, as this can introduce disease pathogens from endemic to disease-free areas (e.g. Rabies, Echinococcus, Leishmania, Babesia).
On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March), it might be interesting to recall that over half (53%) of the veterinary workforce in Europe is now female,