Andrew Byrne new president of the small animal veterinarians in Europe
Andrew Byrne from Ireland was elected new President of FECAVA (The Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations) at the council meeting in Istanbul 3rd November.
The council meeting is where all the national representatives of the association meet. Andrew Byrne succeeds Ellen Bjerkås from Norway.
Johan van Tilburg from Belgium was elected new Vice President and Jerzy Gawor from Poland is the new Honorary Treasurer. Simon Orr from the UK was reelected Honorary Secretary.
Ellen Bjerkås will be available, as Senior Vice President, to share her knowledge with the new board. The President and the Board members are elected for two years at the time.
In his speech to Council, the new President pointed out the following specific project targets to be completed within the next two years:
· Develop an action plan and a policy for post graduate education
for companion animal practitioners
· Develop a fourth edition of EJCAP, FECAVA's official journal ·
Review the FECAVA constitution
· Develop the FECAVA European Congress protocols in order to
improve the quality of the FECAVA Congresses
· Develop a cohesive counsel
· Develop a sustainable financial plan
Bringing the European companion animal veterinarians together FECAVA was founded in 1990 and now has 36 Member Associations representing 36 European countries. In addition, 12 European Specialist Groups are Associate Members. Through its Member Associations, FECAVA works to the benefit of in excess of 30,000 veterinarians in Europe.
The work of FECAVA can be divided into three main areas:
1. Continuing Education, which includes the annual European FECAVA Congress, the FECAVA Symposium and the Continuing Education Courses.
2. The FECAVA Journal, European Journal of Companion Animal Practice (EJCAP), which is sent to members of all the national member associations.
3. The development of European standards in various fields. The standardisation of Microchip Identification throughout Europe is one such field where FECAVA’s influence has been decisive in establishing a standard for Companion Animal Identification.
Preparation and publication of maps showing the incidence of different infectious diseases in dogs and cats has also been undertaken by FECAVA as well as the development of accreditation of veterinary nurse education.
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xecutive Assistant to FECAVA
You certainly received the last edition of our EJCAP journal by now.
Preparation of the next edition already started, and we juste would like to remind you, that you are welcome to send us articles which could be published in the next edition. We look forward to hearing from you.
Ulrike Tewes FECAVA Secretary
c/o Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE)
Rue Defacqz 1
Tel: +32 (0)2 533 70 20
Fax: +32 (0)2 537 28 28
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