Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
About FVE
FVE Policy Areas

One Health

Around 60% of the whole pathogens known to affect humans are zoonotic diseases.
The heterogeneity of problems and challenges arising from the Animal/Human interface and relation poses for the whole veterinary science a range of tasks leading to an increased number of actions. Therefore, the "One Health" principle involves not only veterinarians in governmental, non governmental and private sectors, but also many other professionals such as physicians, environmental specialists, food technologists, agricultural scientists.

They all contribute to the treatment, control and prevention of diseases of animal origin. By reducing exposure to hazards arising from interactions with animals and animal products directly or indirectly veterinarians improve human health.
The recognized role of veterinarians within the global health agenda is therefore to promote activities that contribute to the achievement of the Health for all. The idea and the commitment of doctors, vets and scientists working together is the winning track to tackle diseases as well as past and new health challenges.

FVE is Official Supporter of the "One Health initiative"

Read more on http://www.onehealthinitiative.com/


Animal Health

Animal Health is one of the core competences of the veterinary profession. The prevention and control of animal disease is a major concern and task for the veterinary profession. FVE focuses on placing veterinarians in the centre of this role on creating the appropriate conditions to fulfil their responsibilities.

One point that concerns FVE to a great extent is the lack of veterinarians in farm animal practice, particularly in rural areas. Adequate veterinary presence on all livestock holdings is necessary and FVE calls for the development of herd health surveillance programs involving regular visits by practicing veterinarians.

FVE believes that there is a need for reviewing and re-enforcing bio-security measures at farm level. Most of the current emerging diseases are zoonoses and affect both animals and humans and therefore require a unified approach between veterinary and human medicine. Such a 'One Health' approach will benefit animal and human health worldwide.


Animal Welfare

The promotion and protection of animal welfare is one of the core competences of a well-educated veterinarian. The veterinary profession in particular possesses the full range of knowledge and skills necessary to assess animal welfare, to identify the causes of sub-optimal welfare and to make recommendations for its correction.

FVE works to improve the teaching of animal welfare, both within the veterinary undergraduate curriculum and in lifelong learning programmes.

FVE will also seek to raise awareness among individual veterinarians about their responsibility to protect the welfare of animals under their care.



The competences of veterinarians are the most important aspect of their work. But competence is not static; it is not fixed for life when veterinary graduates are licensed to practice their profession. So, as science and ethics advance and evolve, veterinarians must follow life long learning to maintain and enhance their knowledge and skills.

The Federation works with the European Association of Establishments of Veterinary Education (EAEVE) in the evaluation of European Veterinary Faculties and pledges closer cooperation with the European Board of Veterinary Specialisation (EBVS) in the training and recognition of European Veterinary Specialists over a wide range of disciplines.

FVE actively tackles issues surrounding the concepts of graduate Day-One-competences, accreditation of veterinary establishments and consults with others in making recommendations for the future development of veterinary curricula, so that they continue to satisfy the changing needs of society.


Food Safety and Public Health

Veterinary public health impacts human health by reducing exposure to hazards arising from animals, animal products and their environment. Examples of these hazards include zoonoses, vector borne infections and other communicable diseases, and chemicals and drugs used in animals.

Regarding the role of the veterinary profession in public health, FVE continues in supporting the veterinary profession to be considered as a "Health Profession".

Control of zoonotic diseases, responsible use of medicines and ensuring the safety and quality of food from animal origin by monitoring the food chain are but a few examples of the way in which veterinarians in different positions contribute to human health.

FVE focuses on the implementation of the food hygiene package. In all parts of the chain, from "feed to fork", veterinary input should always contribute to assure veterinary issues such as the health and welfare of the animals and the safety of consumers.

Most of the current emerging diseases are zoonoses and affect both animals and humans and therefore require a unified approach between veterinary and human medicine. Such a 'One Health' approach will benefit animal and human health worldwide.



FVE raises the awareness of the individual veterinarian towards their legal obligations in relation to the prescription, safekeeping, use, supply and disposal of medicinal products. Prudent use of antibiotics is an integral part of good veterinary practices. Side-effects shall be recorded according to general pharmacovigilance principles.

A serious threat for the protection of animal health is the decreasing availability of veterinary medicinal products especially for MUMS (minor uses, minor species).Helpful steps to improve the situation are the introduction of the extrapolation of MRLs (maximum residue limits), the cascade system (allowing veterinarians to use - in exceptional cases - medicines that are authorised for other indications and species), the list of products essential for the treatment of horses and the assessment of a group to coordinate the mutual recognition of marketing authorisations.


Veterinary Profession

Veterinary Medicine is one of the so called 'liberal professions': those that require training in the liberal arts or sciences for the development of intellectual skills. They are practised on the basis of professional qualifications and provide intellectual services to the clients and the general public in a personal, responsible and independent manner. It is governed by rules laid down by Competent Authorities and by the professional body itself. Access to and practice of the profession is controlled and subject to the possession of certain skills and qualifications.

Disciplinary systems are put in place in order to maintain standards and level to prevent or stop poor professional conduct.