Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
About FVE
Working groups & Working Parties
Working Groups may be drawn up if the need arises and play a key role in FVE decision making. They are appointed to deal with a particular subject and during a defined period. Experts are selected from nominations received from FVE members on the basis of CVs.
FVE strives to ensure that the composition of the group is balanced in terms of geographical coverage and working fields.

Curently FVE has the following Working Groups & Working Parties:



Animal Welfare

FVE and UEVP Board have agreed to renew the animal welfare group.

Terms of Reference 2016/2018

2014- 2016 Working group OUTCOME summary report + full report

Collaboration with AVMA

FVE closedly collaborated with the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) on this topic. AVMA and FVE independently convened working groups composed of internationally recognized experts. Respecting the diversity of educational strategies in veterinary programs, Day-1 competences were defined by both organisations. AVMA also set up an animal welfare hub.


Enclosed you can find a poster presenting both the AVMA as FVE syllabus.


To be decided


Food safety & quality


This group aims to provide a critical and independent analysis of the food safety policies of the European Union.

In particular they deal with the implementation and revision of the Hygiene Package, audits/inspections, modernization of meat inspection, role and tasks of the Official Veterinarian and of the veterinarian on farm and in the abattoir/processing plants.

Terms of Reference 2017-2019

M. Ferri (Chairman - UEVH)

S. O'Laoide (UEVH)

C. Rossi-Broy (BTK-EASVO-CH)

D. Lavergne (UEVH)

M. S. Kubica (Krajowa Izba Lekarsko-Weterynaryjna)

M. Kalamaki (HVA)

T. Chambon (UEVP)




The Working Group on Medicines was revised in the beginning of 2009.
Its tasks are all issues relating to medicines and the availabilty of veterinary medicines in particular. Currently the MRL legislation and the revision of the Medicines Directive (2001/82/EC) as well as the use of antimicrobials and the extension of the list of products for the treatment of (food producing) horses are amongst the most important items the group works on.

This Group has been renewed in September 2013.


Rens Van Dobbenburgh,NL
Arturo Anadón,ES
John Blackwell,UK
Ljiljana Markus-Cizelj,HR
Eric Lejeau,FR
Piotr Kwiecinski,PL
Andreas Palzer,DE
Einar Rudi,NO
Giacomo (Mino) Tolasi,IT

Sabine Schueller, EVERI
Danny Holmes,FECAVA
Claire Scicluna, FEEVA

FVE Secretariat: Nancy De Briyne, Despoina Iatridou


EU Vet Futures  

EU Veterinary Futures Ad Hoc Brainstorm group

The environment wherein the veterinary profession is providing its services to individual clients and to society at large is rapidly changing. In order for the profession to be prepared for the future,FVE started the Veterinary Futures project.
An FVE ad hoc brainstorm group was set up with as goal to explore possibilities and hurdles to set up a project to identify and address opportunities and challenges for the European veterinary profession in the coming decades.


Terms of Reference of the group (ToR)


The EU Vet Futures Ad Hoc brainstorm group met for the first time in Brussels on 26th May 2016. At the meeting, they drafted the summary themes they want to work on in the future and a future work plan including timetable. See summary first meeting.

  • Christophe Buhot (Chair-France),
  • Bob Carriere (NL),
  • Robert Huey (UK),
  • Laszlo Fodor (EAEVE),
  • Iris Fuchs (Germany),
  • Christoph Kiefer (Switzerland),
  • Nick Stace (UK),
  • Giacomi Tolasi (Italy),
  • Ben Myring (UK),
  • and Nancy De Briyne (FVE).


Veterinary Statutory Bodies


The mandate of the Statutory Bodies Working Group is to assist FVE in developing a harmonised position with regard to the regulation of the veterinary profession in Europe and to other related international recommendations (e.g. OIE).

The working group aims to act as a facilitator for the exchange of information between national Competent Authorities, in particular in relation to the international movement of veterinarians and provision of veterinary services.

Established in 2010, the group has been recently renewed by the FVE Board on 12 April 2016.

  • Mr. Siegfried Moder, Germany, Bundesverband Praktizierender Tierärzte e.V. (BPT)
  • Mr. Stuart Reid (RCVS_BVA)
  • Mr. Marc Veilly, France, Conseil National de l'Ordre des Vétérinaires (CNOV)
  • Mr. Vlatko Iliesky, FYROM, Veterinary Chamber of Republic of Macedonia (BMK)
  • Ms. Roberta Benini, Italy, Federazione Nazionale degli Ordini dei Veterinari Italiani (FNOVI)
  • Mr. Carmel Lino Vella, Malta, Malta Veterinary Association (MVA)

More Information and documents are available upon request: francesco@fve.org



Veterinary Continuous Education in Europe


VETCEE is a European accreditation scheme for veterinary postgraduate continuous education programmes addressed to practicing veterinarians in different areas of the veterinary medicine. It is an independent organisation, set up recently by the joint initiative of EAEVE, EBVS, FVE and UEVP. Its remit is to ensure quality of middle-tier level education, to promote harmonisation of lifelong learning for veterinarians and to facilitate mutual recognition of the different training schemes between the different European countries.

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Andrew Byrne (Chair)
Valerie Beatty (Treasusrer )
Frank Gasthuys (EAEVE)
Josh Slater (EBVS)

Andrew Robinson(FVE)
Marjan Tacer (UEVP)


VETCEE Secretariat

Despoina Iatridou (General Secretary)


ECOVE - European Committee of Veterinary Education


The European Committee of Veterinary Education (hereafter named ECOVE) is an independent entity. ECOVE has been mandated by the parent organizations EAEVE (European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education) and FVE (Federation of Veterinarians of Europe) to act as final arbiter in the European System of Evaluation of Veterinary Training (ESEVT).
The office of ECOVE operates under the umbrella of EAEVE. The ECOVE office site is the same as the office of the EAEVE, in Vienna, Austria.

The current “Principles and Processes of Evaluation and Accreditation”, and the Manual of Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) serve as legal basis for the activities of ECOVE.

ECOVE Rules of Operation

Primary tasks of ECOVE

  • Approve the Visitation Programmes to Veterinary Educational Establishments for Evaluation and/or for Accreditation.
  • Approve the selection of Members and their respective roles in the Visiting Teams.
  • Make the final consideration of the Visitation Report, giving full justice to the suggestions made by the Visiting Team, and based thereupon, decide whether “Approval”, “Conditional Approval” or “Non Approval” for Stage 1 or “Accreditation”
    or “Non Accreditation” for Stage 2 should be assigned, or any other approval status, as defined in the EAEVE Statutes

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Prof. Dr. Giovanni Re (EAEVE) - Chairperson
Prof. Dr. Frank Gasthuys (EAEVE)
Prof. Dr. Florian Buchner (EAEVE)
Prof. Dr. John Pringle (EAEVE)
Prof. Dr. Iva Steinhauserova (Alternate EAEVE Member)
Dr. Patrick Talty (FVE) - Vice Chair
Dr. Despoina Iatridou (FVE)
Dr. Gabriella Markus (FVE)
Prof. Dr. Liz Mossop (Alternate FVE Member)


ECCVT – European Coordinating Committee for Veterinary Training


The three organisations the “European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education” (EAEVE), the “European Board for Veterinary Specialisation” (EBVS) and FVE all have a strong interest in the training of veterinarians in Europe. To coordinate their goals and actions, the boards of directors and executive committees of the three organisations meet regularly. For this purpose, 2 joint committees were developed. The first one is the Joint Education Committee (see above) which looks upon the evaluation reports. The second one, the European Coordinating Committee for Veterinary Training (previously Joint Policy Committee) has a more political remit; it can propose policies of joint interest, which relate to recognition of the professional - especially professional qualification, continuing development and specialisation, - to the three boards.

The Committees shall be appointed for a two-years term and may be re- appointed no more than twice. Not all members shall be changed at the same time.


Rafael Laguens (FVE President)
Stéphane Martinot (EAEVE President)
Jimmy Saunders (EBVS, President)

Christophe Buhot (FVE)
Sabine Schüller(FVE)
Antti Sukura (EAEVE)
Luis Tavares (EAEVE)
Dominiek Maes (EBVS)
Laura Kramer (EBVS)


EPRUMA-European Platform for

Responsible Use in


EPRUMA is a multi-stakeholder platform linking best practice with animal health and public health.
It aims to ensure best practice through responsible use of medicines in the prevention and control of animal diseases.

Established in 2005, it works to promote the responsible use of medicines in animals in the EU (medicines as defined in Directive 2001/82/EC as amended by Directive 2004/28/EC) in order to maintain efficacy and both prevent and minimise adverse reactions.


Read more on www.epruma.eu


COPA-COGECA: European Farmers and Agri-Cooperatives
EISA: European Initiative for Sustainable Development in Agriculture
EMVD: European Manufacturers of Veterinary Diagnostics
FECAVA: Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations
FEFAC: European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation
FESASS: European Federation for Animal Health and Sanitary Security
FVE: Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
IFAH-Europe: International Federation for Animal Health-Europe
PNEU: Pharmaceutical Group of the European Union


Associate partners:

AMCRA (Belgium)

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The FishMedPlus Coalition, composed of many organisations and institutions active in the aquaculture sector, was established in December 2015. The aim of this Coalition is to increase the greater availability of authorized veterinary medicinal products for aquaculture on the market of European Union and EFTA countries.

The Coalition is established for 3 years and will take a 3 step working approach. First they will do a gap analysis, investigating which products are needed on the market today and in the future. Secondly, they will investigate the barriers and solutions, including environmental risk assessment. Lastly, they will explore ways to stimulate more authorizations.

The Coalition chaired by Peter Jones on behalf of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) exists of 10 experts both from the aquaculture industry, academia, regulatory authorities, legislators, the animal health industry and the veterinary profession.

If you are interested in further information regarding the FishMedPlus Coalition, do not hesitate to contact Nancy De Briyne (nancy@fve.org).


Peter Jones (Chairman), Rick Clayton, Jordi López, Leona Nepejchalová, Kari Norheim,
Ariane van de Moer, Jason Partridge, Dušan Palić, Jimmy Turnbull*, Patrick Smith,
Kenneth Stapleton*, Tonje Høy*, Nancy De Briyne (*= not in picture)

PROJECTS with FVE involvement



Topic: Animal Welfare in an Enlarged Europe
Time: 2011- early 2014
Involvement: joining WP on Awareness in stakeholders (leader Vlatko Ilieski) and WP on AW education (WP leader Linda Keeling)


Topic: Think-tank on infectious diseases in Companion Animals
Time: Jan 2012 – Dec 2014
Funded by EU Commission DG Research under FP7
Involvement: FVE = project coordinator

End report: Callisto brochure


Animal Transport Guides


Topic: Developing good and best practice guidelines for transport of animals

Time May 2015-May 2018

Involvement FVE: Core group member and task leader dissemination WP

URL: http://animaltransportguides.eu/




Project1: Renovation and promoting high quality control posts in the European Union
Project 2: Development of an EU wide animal transport certification system and renovation of control posts in the European Union
Time: Project 1: 2011-2013 Project 2: 2013-2015
Involvement FVE: member of the Advisory Committee
Project 1: First meeting in May 2011, final meeting in Dublin end 2013.
URL: http://www.controlpost.eu/joomla/




DG SANCO study on dogs and cats involved in commercial practices


Topic:  update expert panel
Coordination: IBF-VetEffecT-ISZAM-Wageningen University consortium
Duration: 1 year jan 2014 to dec 2014
FVE involvement: expert panel

End report


Topic: epidemiology and ecology of antimicrobial resistance and the interactions between bacterial communities, commensals and pathogens in animals, the food chain and the environment.
Title: Ecology from Farm to Fork Of microbial drug Resistance and Transmission project
FVE involvement: asked if interested to be member of the Advisory Committee
URL: http://www.effort-against-amr.eu/               



Topic: European Platform for the Responsible Use of Medicines in Animals
Involvement FVE: founding member
URL: http://www.epruma.eu/



Topic: develop pilot project for AW reference centres
Time: Jan 2013 – Dec 2013
Involvement FVE: member of the Advisory Committee

URL: http://www.euwelnet.eu/euwelnet



Title: Joint programming initiative on Antimicrobial resistance
Topic: To coordinate EU Member States’ research programs in the field of AMR
FVE involvement: member of the stakeholders advisory board
URL: http://www.jpiamr.eu/



Topic: Networking to enhance the use of economics in animal health education, policy making and research in Europe and beyond
Time: 2012 -2014
Involvement: member of the Advisory Committee and work package leader for communication project
URL: http://www.neat-network.eu/