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The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is an umbrella organisation of veterinary organisations from 35 European countries. FVE also includes four specialised veterinary groups: Practising Veterinarians (UEVP), Hygienists and Public Health Veterinarians (UEVH), and State Veterinary Officers (EASVO).
This site contains the lastest relevant information for the veterinary profession on public health (meat and food hygiene, zoonoses, BSE, European Food Safety Authority), education (recognition of veterinary degrees, post-graduate education), medicinal products (availability of medicines, antibiotic resistance), animal health (foot and mouth disease, clasical swine fever) and welfare, EU enlargement.
The FVE - A Short Overview
FVE aims to defend the interests of the veterinary profession on European level by close contacts with, and written submissions to, the relevant European bodies and institutions.
FVE strives to maintain a structure to assemble opinions from all members of the European veterinary body and to formulate these opinions into one corporate voice.
FVE has a Permanent Office in Brussels, employing an Executive Director. The Permanent office supervises the day-to-day activities of the FVE and reports to the FVE Board.
The FVE Board consists of a President and of three Vice-Presidents, who are elected by the General Assembly.
Veterinary organisations from the following countries are members of FVE: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (also representing Liechtenstein), the United Kingdom, Turkey and Yugoslavia.
A number of European veterinary organisations are also member of FVE. They represent the vocational groups of the veterinary profession and constitute the FVE sections.
UEVP Practising Veterinarians
UEVH Hygienists and Public Health Veterinarians.
EASVO State Veterinary Officers
FEVIR Veterinarians in Industry and Research
The European Association of Veterinary Educational Establishments (EAEVE) has FVE Observer Member Status.
Permanent and ad hoc Working groups can be drawn up when the need arises.
General Assemblies (plenary sessions) are held twice yearly, in spring and in autumn. Delegates from all member organisations attend these meetings, where policies are drawn up and decisions taken. Meetings of the FVE Sections also take place on these occasions, usually during the days prior to the GA.
The FVE Board meets four to six times a year. Each FVE Section has its own Board. Their presidents attend FVE Board meetings on a regular basis.
The FVE is represented on the Advisory Committee on Agricultural Product Health and Safety (ACAPHS), formerly known as the Veterinary Advisory Committee. The ACAPHS was set up by the European Commission's DG VI to advise it in matters related to agricultural policies. FVE is represented on two of its ten Standing Groups, the SG on Veterinary Matters and the SG on Animal Welfare.
The FVE also attends briefing sessions of the Committee for Veterinary Medicinal Products (CVMP) of the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products (EMEA).
Constant liaison is furthermore sought with the European Commission, Council of Ministers and European Parliament as well as other European bodies and professional organisations.
The FVE is furthermore represented at the Council of Europe's animal welfare meetings.
The Veterinary Liaison Committee, was a working group set up in 1961 with the aim to reach agreement within the profession on general terms concerning veterinary training in the EEC. Membership of this Committee was limited to representatives from the national organisations of the then existing EEC Member States (6).
In 1975, the Veterinary Liaison Committee was replaced by the Federation of Veterinarians of the EEC. Full membership of the Federation remained restricted to veterinary organisations of EEC Member States, while other European countries could become observers. The Federation furthermore represented the various sectional interests of the profession: practitioners, veterinary food hygienists, veterinary state officers, and veterinarians in industry and research.
In 1994, the FVE became the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and welcomed veterinary organisations from all EFTA countries as full members. Full membership was furthermore extended to Eastern and Central European countries in 1998.