Federation of Veterinarians of Europe
Successful kick-off event of the 2009 Veterinary Week
Successful kick-off event of the 2009 Veterinary Week

The successful kick-off event of the 2009 Veterinary Week took place in Brussels on 28 September under the title "Animals + Humans = ONE HEALTH".

The event, which was attended by around 400 persons from EU and non-EU countries was opened by Health Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou, who stressed the success of last years event and of the ongoing roadshow and wished for even more attention towards veterinary and human public health cooperation in the future.

With the examples of Rabies, TSE’s and Influenza, speakers from DG Sanco, the Swedish Ministry, OIE, FAO, WHO, ECDC and others showed the importance and also the success of cooperations between the different health professions. The European Veterinary Week has now been held in 2008 and 2009 and due to its success the European Commission announced already that the event will continue in 2010. The conference presentations are already available on the DG Sanco website.

An education video on rabies was also presented during the conference, which fell on the same day as the World Rabies Day. The video is available for free download in 29 languages on the following webpage: Rabies education video