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Announcement of 2015 OIE/IVSA Student Competition Winners

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the International Veterinary Student Association (IVSA) are bringing to an end the growing anticipation from the entrants of their joint Student Competition by announcing the two winners.

Paris, 30 November 2015 – Dubbed “OIE Animal welfare standards in my country”, the competition launched last September sought to provide veterinary students from all over the world, the opportunity to strengthen their knowledge of animal welfare, discover the scope of OIE intergovernmental standards on the topic and become aware of their level of implementation in their country.

Participants had to submit an essay, describing and illustrating, through photos or videos, the implementation of an OIE welfare standard of their choice in their homeland. The competition was thus aimed to encourage them better know the work of the OIE and enlarge their network within the veterinary community of their country.

The OIE and the IVSA received numerous applications from students from all regions of the world. After serious deliberation, under strict anonymous conditions, the jury, composed of Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General and Anıl TÜRER, President of the IVSA evaluated the applications which best demonstrated the deep understanding of OIE’s standards in the field of animal welfare and best illustrated how these standards are implemented in the participant’s country. They unanimously selected the following winners:


Mariana Marrana


University of Porto (ICBAS)

Paula Vasconcelos



OIE welfare standard covered

Welfare aspects of stunning and killing of farmed fish for human consumption

(Chapter 7.3. of the OIE Aquatic Code)

Animal welfare

(Section 7 of the OIE Terrestrial Code)


“I decided to further investigate the application of welfare standards of farmed fish due to the small expression this topic has. In order to provide an accurate description, I visited 2 aquaculture facilities in northern Portugal.” - Mariana Maranna

 “In 2004, Brazil has achieved the status of world's largest exporter of meat and remains at that level today. […]

A consequence of the increased importance of livestock as an economic activity, and also the adoption of new actions aimed at animal welfare, was a socio-economic development in Brazil, this generated changes in the profile of consumers." - Paula Vasconcelos

The Jury’s comment

"Mariana strived to analyse different aquaculture methods and compare their respective procedures to ensure the welfare of farmed fish." - Dr Bernard Vallat, OIE Director General

"Paula was able to depict the big picture of Brazil’s situation with regard to animal welfare and provide us with a sound description of several aspects of animal welfare legislation in her country."  - Anıl TÜRER, President of the IVSA


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Each prize winner will be offered an OIE sponsorship to attend the IVSA Animal Welfare Conference[1], which will be held in Utrecht (The Netherlands) on 22-24 April 2016.

The OIE congratulates the winners and deeply thanks the numerous participants!

For more information about the OIE/IVSA STUDENT COMPETITION 2015, click here.

[1] This Conference will focus on the issues related to this complex topic and provide a great opportunity to the two winners to increase their knowledge in this field. The program will include didactic lectures, as well as practical trainings and workshops, a discussion panel and local excursions to support and strengthen the educational material.