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Ingrid Arias
World Organisation for Animal Health
12 rue de Prony
75017 Paris, France



The 2016 Conference will feature presentations from representatives of international organisations and the VS of various countries, as well as experts on veterinary education and the performance of VSBs. The Conference will:
•  follow up on the recommendations approved in Paris, Lyon and Foz de Iguazu, including the development of a OIE global list of VEEs;
•  analyse the current situation of veterinary education worldwide, including the use of OIE recommendations on the competencies of graduating veterinarians (‘Day 1 graduates’) and the OIE guidelines on a veterinary core curriculum;
•   discuss the relationship between the OIE and VEE accreditation bodies for taking into account OIE guidelines and recommendations on veterinary education and for preparing VEEs for this approach;
•  review the experiences of OIE Members in the domain of veterinary education, in particular with OIE veterinary education twinning projects;
•  discuss how OIE Members can improve governance using the OIE twinning procedures for VEEs and VSBs and other elements of the OIE PVS Pathway and how to improve the twinning procedures;
•  discuss future needs, priorities and ways to strengthen veterinary education based on closer relationships among VAs, VEEs and VSBs;
•   discuss the importance of improving the skills and understanding of veterinarians, such as of leadership, communication and economics, and of life-long learning;
•  review innovative teaching practices and discuss how to improve global access to them; and
•   discuss the actions to be taken to harmonise and improve capacities of veterinary para-professionals working under the responsibility and supervision of veterinarians.

Approximately 600 participants from all over the world are expected to attend the Conference, including:
•  OIE National Delegates and other national government representatives, including those of national administrations in charge of veterinary education
•  Deans of VEEs and other professional educators
•  Representatives of VSBs
•  International and national public- and private-sector organisations and individual experts
•  Representatives of institutions in charge of the accreditation of VEEs
•  Representatives of relevant organisations having official agreements with the OIE
•  Representatives of veterinary para-professional organisations.

The conference will span three days and include ministerial addresses, keynote addresses, technical presentations and discussions to develop conference recommendations for future action.
Speakers will be supported with simultaneous interpretation in English, French and Spanish during all plenary sessions.