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UEVH - Union of European Veterinary Hygienists

Veterinarians for Public Health

At a meeting of public health veterinarians held in Paris during October 1966, the decision was taken to create an European organisation called the 'Association européenne des directeurs d'abattoirs publics'. The first General Assembly of this new veterinary organisation was held on the 1st July 1967 in Geneva.

During 1976, the Association changed its statutes in order to become eligible for membership of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe and adopted its current name. The aims of the 'Union' as stated in the statutes are:
- to study and recommend any measures permitting the improvement of the quality and safety of foodstuffs with the objective of the protection of veterinary public health and improving conditions for humans, by using veterinary science;
- to promote the role of the veterinarian in the whole of the foodchain, from stable to table.

The UEVH has twenty full member delegations representing veterinarians from twenty European countries with, in addition, the World Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists and Argentina attending as observers. While the majority of delegates are employed in the provision of enforcement of controls in foods of animal origin others come from a background of national and European policy development, research, industry and academia.

UEVH is currently working on the following issues:
  • Secondary legislation related to the Animal Health Law and to the Official Controls Regulation;
  • Implementation and review of the "Hygiene Package",
  • Modernisation of meat inspection;
  • Campyobacter spp. monitoring and control policies;
  • Emergency Slaughter;
  • TTIP;
  • CPD of veterinarians working in veterinary public health;

UEVH Board 2017-2018


Slaven Grbic - President

Maurzio Ferri - Vice President

Jason Aldiss - General Secretary

Alvaro Matean Amann - Treasurer

Sean O'Laoide - Senior President


UEVH members:

  • Austria: Österreichische Tierärztekammer (ÖTK)
  • Belgium: Vlaamse Dierenartsen Vereniging (VDV)
  • Czech Republik: University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences (Brno)
  • Denmark: Den Danske Dyrlægeforening (DDD)
  • Finland: Suomen Eläinlaäkäriliitto (SELL)
  • France: Syndicat National des Vétérinaires Inspecteurs de l'Administration (SNISPV)
  • Germany: Bundestierärztekammer (BTK)
  • Greece: Hellenic Veterinary Association (PKS)
  • Ireland: Veterinary Council of Ireland
  • Italy: Sindacato Italiano Veterinari Medicina Pubblicca (SIVeMP)
  • Latvia: Latvijas Veterinararstu Biedriba (LBV)
  • Luxemburg: Association Luxembourgeoise des Vétérinaires Hygiénistes de l'Alimentation (ALVHA)
  • Netherlands: Koninklijke Nederlandse Maatschappij voor Diergeneeskunde (KNMvD)
  • Norway: Den Norske Veterinærforening (DNV)
  • Poland: Krajowa Izba Lekarsko-Weterynaryjna (KIL-W)
  • Portugal: Sindicato Nacional dos Médicos Véterinàrios (SNMV)
  • Serbia - Veterinary Chamber of Serbia (BKC)
  • Spain: Consejo General de Colegios Veterinarios de España (CGCVE)
  • Sweden: Sveriges Veterinärförbund (SVF)
  • Switzerland: Office Vétérinaire Fédéral
  • United Kingdom: Veterinary Public Health Association (VPHA)

UEVH observer associations:

  • WAVFH: World Association of Veterinary Food Hygienists
  • Argentina: Servicio Nacional de Sanidad y Calidad Agroaliment
Contact: francesco@fve.org