Monique Megens (FECAVA board) outlined the possible policies regarding the keeping of exotic animals as pets, while Nenad Milojkovic (Serbia) reported on the action plan of the vector-borne diseases working group. Claude Béata (France) described the French 2-day module on animal welfare and proposed means to highlight the veterinarian’s role as ‘messenger’ of animal welfare. Danny Holmes (Ireland) reported on the topics addressed by the policy group which included neutering by animal welfare groups abroad, internet sales, hereditary diseases, the pet passport and Brexit. Denis Novak (FECAVA board) reported on initiatives on continuous education in Eastern Europe.
Renée Chalmers Hoynck van Papendrecht (World Veterinary Small Animal Veterinary Association), Andrew Robinson (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe) and Thierry Chambon (Union of European Veterinary Practitioners) provided updates on the activities of their organisations.
Updates on preparations of EuroCongress 2017 (Copenhagen) and 2018 (Tallinn) were presented by Helle Johansen and Janne Orro, respectively. In 2019, the EuroCongress will be held in St Petersburg (18-23 September) and in 2020 in Warsaw (21-26 September).
Despite the wintry conditions in Moscow, delegates received a warm welcome by the Russian hosts (and even received medals!). FECAVA president Jerzy Gawor received the Veterinary Cross from the Russian association for his outstanding contribution to veterinary continuing education, in particular in Eastern Europe.
In the evening, all delegates were invited to attend the festive congress opening ceremony in Moscow Circus, where awards were presented between circus acts by the flamboyant Sergey Sereda (and sons), president of the Russian Small Animal Veterinary Association.
Next Council meeting: September 2017 in Copenhagen, which will also be the occasion of FECAVA board elections.