Unfortunately the attendance figures for the Council meeting were considerably less than usual, partially due to a last minute airline strike which made it impossible for directors to re-schedule their flights.
One of the main items for discussion and voting was the position paper on responsible dog trade which had already been adopted by UEVP and by FVE. Following a presentation by Past President Monique Megens , the document was adopted unanimously by the FECAVA Council as well.
Another cardinal item of the agenda was a discussion about the future of EJCAP, FECAVA’s Online journal . The journal , edited by Karin de Lange, is a very modern, interactive scientific journal that not only features reprint articles from the national member journals, but also material from presentations of the FECAVA EuroCongresses, regional and association news , APP reviews and much, much more. Unfortunately the journal has not attracted the necessary support from sponsors and it was decided to looking into the options for a changed format in the future.
The council meeting saw also the presentation of the long expected GRAM book – a guide for the responsible use of antimicrobials in companion animal practice. This user friendly manual was produced by a group of specialists in the field with the support of FECAVA and is funded and will be distributed by CEVA Sante Animale to veterinary practitioners.
Nenad Milojkovic, the Serbian FECAVA director gave a presentation on the impact of Canine Vector Born Diseases and a new working group was started to address this subject.
BSAVA’s Krista Arnold gave a presentation on “Mental Health and Wellbeing of the Veterinary Profession”.
FECAVA President Jerzy Gawor reported on a visit he made to attend a Conference on “An Outbreak of Megaoesophagus” in Riga and explained the difficulties regional colleagues face to identify the course of the outbreak and to get the necessary support of their government organisations to investigate the problem. Thankfully the numbers of affected animals appear to decline.
A presentation of Danny Holmes, chair of FECAVA’s Policy Committee stressed the ongoing incoherent handling and varying formats of European Pet Passports and he reported that the Committee is planning to investigate and to work on a plan to address these problems.
The FECAVA Council is due to meet again on 22nd of April 2017 in Moscow as guests of the RSAVA and then in September for the joint FECAVA/WSAVA World Congress in Copenhagen.