Cookie use on MRCVSonline
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive all cookies.
If you would like to forward this story on to a friend, simply fill in the form below and click send.

Your friend's email:
Your email:
Your name:
 
 
Send Cancel

FVE calls for holistic approach to disaster management
"The ultimate goal is to ensure that we are appropriately prepared to deal with natural disasters whenever they occur."

Natural disasters severely challenge the health and welfare of people and animals

The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) is calling for the medical and veterinary professions to work together in dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters.

A conference emphasising the need for a holistic approach to disaster management by taking into consideration the human- animal-ecosystem interfaces, is due to be held in April.

The FVE say that this will allow for more efficient reaction, coordination and control during crises.

Natural disasters, such as earthquakes, floods or extreme climate conditions, severely challenge the health and welfare of people, animals and the ecosystem.

The FVE say that the health of people is compromised not only by the cause of the disaster, but also by the level of health and welfare of the affected animals; carcasses in the countryside would be a cause of infection; spread of diseases; contamination of water, food and feed; people reluctant to leave their farms or their pets behind may impede the work of rescue teams.

"These are amongst the most challenging situations the veterinary profession can confront" say the FVE. "Veterinarians are key players and must be well prepared to deal with the consequences of a disaster in order to achieve rapid and cost-efficient control. To do this, they must have a well-developed plan and the capacity to implement it."

The conference, which takes place at the International Auditorium in Brussels, Belgium, aims to bring together people from all over Europe active in both the humanitarian and veterinary field.

"The ultimate goal is to ensure that we are appropriately prepared to deal with natural disasters whenever they occur," they add.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit http://onehealth.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139076361
.

Image(C) Wikilimage

Become a member or log in to add this story to your CPD history

Webinar to focus on equine worm control

News Story 1
 Vets, veterinary nurses and RAMAs are being invited to join a free CPD webinar on late winter and early spring equine worm control.

Hosted by Zoetis vet Dr Wendy Talbot, the webinar aims to help prescribers understand which parasites are of most concern at this time of year. It will also cover how to assess parasite risk, selecting a suitable wormer and spring wormer plans, concluding with a Q&A session.

The webinar takes place on Thursday, 18 March at 10 am and will be repeated at 7 pm for those unable to listen during the day. To book the 10 am webinar, click here, and to register for the 7 pm webinar, click here

Click here for more...
News Shorts
Avian influenza confirmed in Lancashire

A case of highly pathogenic (HPAI H5N8) avian influenza has been confirmed in two captive peregrine falcons on a non-commercial, non-poultry premises near Skelmersdale, West Lancashire.

Following a risk assessment, APHA has declared that no disease control zones have been put in place surrounding this non-commercial, non-poultry premises.

Eighteen cases of HPAI H5N8 have now been identified in poultry and other captive birds in England. A housing order for poultry and captive birds introduced by Defra to control the spread of the disease expired on 31 March, although bird keepers in England are still required by law to comply with biosecurity measures.

For more information, please click here.