In October 2009, the OIE organised a benchmark 1st Global Conference on Veterinary Education ‘Evolving Veterinary Education for a Safer World’ in Paris (France). This was followed by a second global conference, held in Lyon (France) in May 2011 as part of the Vet2011 celebrations.
The recommendations of the OIE 1st global conference ‘Evolving Veterinary Education for a Safer World’ may be accessed here.
The recommendations of the Lyon conference (May 2011) may be accessed here.
Participants at both conferences supported the OIE, as the leading intergovernmental organisation setting standards for animal health and welfare, to develop recommendations on the minimum competencies needed by ‘day 1’ veterinary graduates to support effective delivery of both public and private components of national Veterinary Services, which should comply with the OIE standards for quality as published in the Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Codes.
To this end, the OIE convened an expert ad hoc Group on Veterinary Education, which held two meetings in 2010. The meeting reports may be accessed here.
The expert group will hold its next meeting in August 2011. One important goal is to propose the adoption by OIE Members of a new standard on veterinary education in the Terrestrial Animal Health Code. The next opportunity for the adoption of new standards is at the 80th OIE General Session on 21-25 May 2012.