Conference to Address Need to Strengthen Global Vet Services

15 November 2013, at 6:54am

BRAZIL – The urgent need for international coordination of veterinary services to support food production and animal health will be addressed at next month’s veterinary education conference, organised by the OIE.

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), as host, hopes its third summit, set in Foz do Iguazu, Brazil, will harmonise veterinary education, based on its own guidelines.

The conference, running from 4 to 6 December, will look at how to channel information better and address Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) that do not operate sufficiently in many countries.

An OIE spokesperson said that problems are based around the veterinary profession having serious difficulty in meeting societal expectations on the public good component of their activities, particularly with respect to veterinary public health, animal welfare and food safety.

The spokesperson commented: “Recognising these difficulties OIE Members have mandated the organisation to take a global leadership role in establishing the minimum veterinary education requirements for effective national veterinary services.”

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