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3rd OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education and the role of Veterinary Statutory Bodies

Quality of veterinary education and strengthened Veterinary Statutory Bodies are major pillars of good governance and quality of Veterinary Services worldwide

Foz de Iguazu (Brazil), 6 December 2013 - The third OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education and the role of Veterinary Statutory Bodies (VSBs) was held in Foz de Iguazu (Brazil) from 4 to 6 December 2013. More than 1000 international participants from 110 countries addressed the need for better quality and harmonisation of veterinary education worldwide, based on OIE guidelines. The Conference also focused on strengthening the role of VSBs in supporting better Veterinary Education and in regulating veterinarians and veterinary para-professionals, ensuring their quality and ethics.

The mandate of the OIE is to improve animal health and welfare worldwide and consequently to protect human health and biodiversity. To achieve this goal, the role of National Veterinary Services of the OIE Member Countries, whether it refers to their public or private components, is crucial, through their responsibility in providing acute surveillance and rapid response to disease outbreaks.

“Activities of Veterinary Services are recognised as global public goods” recalled Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General. “To preserve the good governance and functioning of Veterinary Services, it is essential to guarantee a Veterinary Education of quality together with effective regulatory VSBs.”

This is the reason why the OIE is deeply involved in influencing governments to improve the quality of their veterinary education and VSBs, in line with its international standards and through the use of the ‘Performance of Veterinary Services’ (PVS) Pathway. This programme focuses on sustainable strengthening of animal health and welfare systems. The OIE has recently assessed the Veterinary Services of more than 120 countries. It has revealed important disparities in terms of veterinary education and veterinarian registration, accreditation and monitoring procedures, as well as the legislations governing VSBs, and in many countries the lack of VSBs or equivalent institutions that meet the OIE standards.

As a consequence, the OIE has proposed to the international community to tackle the harmonisation and the improvement of Veterinary Education and Veterinary profession organisation, through a multi-step approach. This work has led to endorse guidelines on the following topics:


The third OIE Global Conference on Veterinary Education gathered VSBs, deans of Veterinary Education Establishments (VEE) and OIE Member Countries Delegates from the entire world.
“This Conference is a new step forward that focuses on highlighting the essential role of VSBs in regard to veterinary registration and accreditations of VEEs, at regional, national, and global level. It aims at creating synergic links between Veterinary Education and Veterinary practice amongst OIE Member Countries” stressed Dr Bernard Vallat.

The OIE is grateful for the valuable collaboration and financial support of Brazilian Authorities and the Brazilian Federal Council of Veterinary Medicine, the European Union and all donors, supporters and partners. The OIE also thanks all the speakers and participants who contributed to make that event a success. This will be an important milestone for the improvement of the contribution of the veterinary profession to the societal demand, not only in terms of animal health and welfare, but also on biodiversity and public health, including food safety.

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