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The OIE boosts collaboration with the FVE

Meeting between the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) with a view to closer collaboration.

Paris, 20 January 2015 – A meeting between the president of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), Dr Christophe Buhot, the OIE Director General, Dr Bernard Vallat, and their collaborators, took place in Paris on 20 January this year. At the meeting several subjects of common interest were broached, including the application of animal welfare standards, good governance of the public and private components of Veterinary Service tasks, veterinary education, the "One Health" concept and the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials.

The FVE president took this opportunity to present the "Vets are everywhere" campaign to support European veterinarians in the promotion of animal health and welfare, in connection with public health.

The series of FVE data sheets on the prudent use of antibiotics, published as part of the "How to use antibiotics responsibly" campaign, containing advice for doctors, dentists and veterinarians, was highly appreciated.

Dr Vallat took the opportunity to stress the importance of the document "Veterinarians are an important part of the solution to the urgent matter of antimicrobial resistance" published in December 2014, which explains the responsibility of all actors in controlling antimicrobial resistance (doctors, veterinarians, patients, farmers), as well as the good governance obligation (legislation, controls, communication) of national, regional and international authorities, including the importance of supervising the use of antimicrobials in animals worldwide by properly trained and well organised veterinarians.

Joining forces against antimicrobial resistance
The OIE Director General stressed the need for joint action in controlling antimicrobial resistance. To combat this global threat, the OIE is promoting the responsible and prudent use of antimicrobials through its international standards* in order to maintain their therapeutic efficacy in both animals and humans. Dr Bernard Vallat underlined that the OIE is working in closely with the World Health Organization to define "a global action plan on antimicrobial resistance to improve the coordination of global actions" in order to better manage the health risks associated with antimicrobial use, especially at the animal-human-ecosystem interface. The partnership with FVE is therefore crucial for implementing all the recommended actions.

To find out more:

  • Recommendations for controlling antimicrobial resistance:

*The OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code contains four important chapters on this point. The World Assembly of national OIE Delegates adopted these standards together with the list of antimicrobial agents of veterinary importance in 2007. This was updated in 2013 to include certain aspects of concern for human health. The standards relating to analytical methodologies are described in the manual.