Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
About FVE
Affiliated Organisations


The Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations
is a member of the UEVP Section



The European Association of Porcine Health Management

is not a member of the FVE

FEEVA (Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations)

FEEVA was created in Strasbourg in 1998 when equine veterinary practitioners from different EU countries met to discuss with European Parliament members the issue of medicine regulations concerning horses. Restriction of authorized medicines to treat horses was a thread to horse health and welfare. Since that time, numerous national equine veterinary associations have joined FEEVA to work on all matters related to horse health and welfare throughout Europe together with the need to safeguard public health.


Structure of FEEVA


FEEVA Board elected September 2016:
FEEVA BOARD (2017-2018)
  • Mette Uldahl (DK)- President
  • Stefan Wachtarz (DE) - Treasurer
  • Mark Bowen (UK)
  • Istvan Soos (HU)
  • Heidi Kiiskinen (FI)
  • Don Collins (IRE)


The FEEVA Board members are elected by the yearly General Assembly.


FEEVA member organisations are:


FEEVA News flashes


FEEVA publishes regular FEEVA Newsmails, which are forwarded to all its members.

If you want to subscribe, send email to info(at)feeva.org


FEEVA Consultations and Projects


FEEVA West Nile Virus


Ongoing climate changes and the constant increase of our worldwide temperatures in combination with growing globalization has led to conditions favourable for West Nile Virus (WNV). This virus is creating increasing problems and human casualties in Southern Europe but also creating the potential for it to extend in Northern Europe. Disturbing potential scenarios are now close to reality: one dead horse, was confirmed in Germany in September 2018 and Hungary has ongoing problems with
FEEVA launched a campaign to help Equine vets across Europe to recognise the essentials of what West Nile Virus infection in a horse.



  • click here to see a short animation explaining the basics of WNV in English and German
  • click here to see an article explaining the basics of WNV

Are you a West Nice Virus Champion? Do the test!

  • click here to take the English test
  • click here to take the German test


FEEVA Projects


FEEVA is involved in the EU project developing Animal Transport Guides. This project started in May 2015 and will end in 2018. Species-specific guides, including one for horses, have been drafted to enhance the welfare of animals during transportation.

More info can be found on the project website.

The Equine transport Factsheets and the Equine Guide for animal transport can be found here


FEEVA & World Horse Welfare drafted together with many other stakeholders guidelines for fitness of transport of horses. The guidelines were published in February 2016 (see press release). They are available on request to nancy@fve.org.


FEEVA was part of the CALLISTO project. Callisto stands for Companion Animals multisectoriaL interprofessionaL and Interdisciplinary Strategic Think tank On zoonoses and the project aims to provide an overview of the current situation and propose targeted actions to prevent and reduce the health risks for humans and food animals associated with keeping companion animals.

For more info:

FEEVA Consultations:


FVE-FEEVA End of Life of horses paper - open for consultation until 30 November 2018



2013: FEEVA survey on antibiotic resistance (outcome)

2012: Disease Surveillance Survey (outcome) and (presentation)

2010 Consultation on Horse Identification horse_id_survey



European Horse Network - EHN


The  European Horse Network is a non-profit network of stakeholders acting at a World, European, National or Regional level within the European horse sector. Nancy De Briyne is Board member of EHN, representing FEEVA.


The EHN website is http://www.europeanhorsenetwork.eu/


For update on EHN activities see


FEEVA Working Groups


FEEVA has the following working groups:

  • FEEVA Working group on Medicines (Led by Mark Bowen)
  • FEEVA Working Group on Horse Welfare (Led by Stefan Wachtarz)
  • FEEVA Working group on disease surveillance (Led by Miguel Llorca and Don Collins)
  • FEEVA Working Group on Pre-Purchase Exams (Led by Mette Uldahl)
  • FEEVA involvement in VetCee (Giorgio Ricardi and Daniel Meister)





The European Equine Meeting of the Year:

Every year, the FEEVA board one upcoming equine scientific congress held in Europe as the "European Equine Meeting of the Year."

Do you want your upcoming Equine congress to receive this title? Criteria for such recognition are:

- English language adoption or English simultaneous translation
- easy venue
- scientific and cultural interest
- rotation amongst FEEVA members' nations.

More details can be found here.

The FEEVA European Equine Meeting of the year is the ideal place for all equine veterinarians in Europe to meet and exchange opinions on the latest scientific and technical updates. The FEEVA General Assembly is held in conjunction with the EMY and exchanges at a European level are promoted to the best of our common interests. Consider attending the next EMY for the latest in equine veterinary science and policy combined, each year at a novel venue.


Future EMY's other equine meetings:


The future FEEVA European Meeting of the Year will take place in Birmingham, UK in September 2019 in connection with the BEVA Congress on 11-14 September 2019.

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Minutes of FEEVA GA's:
Interesting presentations:

Presentations given at the FEEVA GA Basel in April 2018

Presentations given at the FEEVA GA Malaga in May 2017

Presentations given at the FEEVA GA Berlin 27 October 2016


Presentations given at the FEEVA GA Lisbon 15 May 2015

Presentations given at Board meeting

Presentations given at UEVP and FVE Ga Biarritz May 2014

Presentations given during the FEEVA AM in Roissy, France

Presentations given at UEVP and FVE Ga Maribor June 2013

Presentations given during the 2013 FEEVA AM in Arezzu, Italy:

Presentations given during the 2012 FEEVA AM in Vienna:

Presentations given during the 2011 FEEVA AM in Copenhagen:

Presentations given during the 2010 FEEVA AM in Debrecen:

Presentations given during the 2009 FEEVA AM in Dublin:

Presentations given during the 2008 FEEVA AM in Venice:


Policy Statements:

FEEVA Position Statement of pre-purchase radiography on dorsal spinous processes (2018)

FEEVA considers that there is no evidence of a correlation betwee radiographic appearence of the dorsal spinous processes of the back and future risk of disease in asymptomatic horses.

FEEVA does not recommend that such radiography is included in a standard pre-purchase radiographic protocol.


FEEVA statement on extension of the essentials list for horses (2017)

FVE and FEEVA strongly advise the European Commission to extend its list of substances by including seven additional substances, seen the added clinical benefit given by these substances and the ANSES opinion on their safety. The seven substances are tenoic acid, phenylbutazone for systemic use and tetracaine, tetryzoline, synephrine, rifamycine, polymyxine B  for ophthalmic use. See position


FEEVA statement on Ketamine (2015)

The Federation of Equine Veterinary Associations of Europe (FEEVA) wishes to underline that Ketamine is very widely used for anesthesia and analgesia by equine veterinarians across all Europe. It is the only injectable anesthetic that is safe and well tested in the full range of species under a veterinarian’s care. Similarly to other species, ketamine is  used in horses as a primary anesthetic and for the induction to inhalant anesthesia. Ketamine is an essential anesthetic in equine veterinary practice, both in hospital settings and in the field. FEEVA opposes any re-classification of Ketamine which would limits its availability. See position.


FEEVA and FVE leaflet on antimicrobial resistance for horse owners and professionals (2014)

European horse vets joined their voices on “How to use antibiotics responsibly” and developed a leaflet with responsible use guidelines for the horse owners and professionals. This leaflet is one of the series of leaflets published with advise on the responsible use of antibiotics.

The horse leaflet can be found here and all leaflets can be found here

Horse AMR leaflet (2014) in English, German and Spanish


Cascade Guide for veterinarians if NO authorised medicinal product is available (2014)

This brochures explains which products veterinarians are allowed to use if no authorised product exist for a certain condition or a certain species. It also lists the list of essential substances for Equidae.

The brochure is available in English and in Spanish.


FEEVA Position on Transport of horses (2012)

FEEVA is of the opinion that horses for welfare reasons should be slaughtered as close to the point of origin as possible, keeping transport to a minimum and where transportation is necessary, the horse's welfare should be considered with priority, observing all regulations addressing the needs of these animals. FEEVA strongly supports the maximum 8-hour limit adopted by the European Parliament.

Full position can be found here.


FEEVA Position on Identification and Registration of horses (2010)

FEEVA considers that electronic identification of horses in combination with the passport and diagram and registration in one central European Union (EU) database is the method of choice to identify and register all horses. Full position can be found here.

FEEVA Position on the need for slaughter of horses for human consumption (2010)

FEEVA recognizes the need for humane slaughter and disposal of horses as a natural
consequence and a natural part of keeping horses for sport, pleasure and/or food production. FEEVA considers consumption of horse meat to be a matter of individual choice. FEEVA believes that horses, for welfare reasons, should be slauthered as close to the point of origin as possible, keeping transport to a minimum. Full position can be found here

FEEVA Position on Infectious Disease Surveillance (2010)

FEEVA welcomes the development and implementation of disease surveillance programmes by the regulatory authorities and the equine industry across the member states.

FEEVA also welcomes the accurate and prompt reporting of the results of disease surveillance programmes to ensure ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of disease control measures. Full position can be found here.


FEEVA Realisations:

FEEVA considerably enlarged medicines availability for horses!

In 1998, FEEVA representatives met with several Members of the European Parliament to propose an official passport for horses. And, 7 years later the passport was there, which now makes that you can declare a horse a companion animal and thereby considerably enlarging medicine availability for horses.

Furthermore, thanks to FEEVA a essential list of products for treatment of horses was adopted end 2006. Veterinary practitioners will be allowed to make use of the listed products for the treatment of horses and other equidae intended for human consumption. The administration of these products will need to be registered in the horse passport and the withdrawal period for all products is 6 months. Horses NOT intended for human consumption according to their passport can already be treated with these products following the so-called cascade for non-foodproducing animals – provided the national authority has implemented this possibility in the national legislation.

In 2009 and 2012, thanks to the extensive lobby work of FEEVA in collaboration with FVE the list of essential products was extended to substances which bring added clinical benefit compared to other treatment options available for equidae.

In 2017, FEEVA and FVE adopted a position paper to request the European Commission to add 7 extra medicines to the list of essential products and products of added clinical benefit. The seven substances are tenoic acid, phenylbutazone for systemic use and tetracaine, tetryzoline, synephrine, rifamycine, polymyxine B  for ophthalmic us


FEEVA Origin:

The concept of FEEVA was born in late 1997 out of reaction to the loss of licensed Equine veterinary medicines such as 'bute'. Tribute for its birth must be given to Henk Vaarkamp and Willem Back, both from the Netherlands. Further issues appearing on the agenda were besides ‘Medicine availability’, Passports and Microchipping, EU Recognized Equine Clinicians, Equine Welfare and Horse Transport.

FEEVA Presidents: from 1997 to today:

1999-2003 Willem Back (Netherlands) - Founding President
2003-2005 Jacques Bardiès (France)
2005-2007 Alistair Barr (UK)
2007-2009 Joe Collins (Ireland)
2009-2012 Josh Slater (UK)
2012-2017 Giorgio Ricardi (IT)

2017-20.. Mette Uldahl (DK)




The FEEVA secretariat is seated in Brussels at the following address:

Avenue de Tervueren 12
B-1040 Brussels
Tel.: +32 2 533 70 20
e-mail: info@feeva.org


EAPHM (European Association of Porcine Health Management)

European pig vets have decided to set up a new association, the European Association of Porcine Health Management (EAPHM). The objectives of the new association are primarily to increase contact and interaction across an increasingly borderless Europe, but also to represent pig vets interests and views on the increasingly important aspects of welfare, health and production that are on the horizon.

Find out more about EAPHM



The EAPHM secretariat is seated in Brussels at the following address:

Avenue de Tervueren 12
B-1040 Brussels

Phone: (+45) 31 260 800
E-mail: phj@fibderpost.dk