For the first time, the AVMA and Federation of Veterinarians of Europe have adopted joint statements, and they relate to veterinary education, antimicrobials, and animal welfare.
The Executive Board approved the three joint statements Aug. 21, as did the FVE board the following week.
As part of the AVMA's growing partnership and collaboration with the FVE, it had been proposed that the organizations issue joint statements on topics of relevance to the veterinary profession.
The Federation of Veterinarians of Europe is an umbrella organization of veterinary organizations from 38 European countries.
It was noted that the two organizations share many of the same issues and concerns, and their respective positions and policies are much more in alignment than not. Initial versions of the joint statements were prepared and extensively reviewed by AVMA staff and officers and are consistent with AVMA policies on veterinary education, antimicrobials, and animal welfare.
The AVMA-FVE statements "Responsible and Judicious Use of Antimicrobials," "The Roles of Veterinarians in Ensuring Good Animal Welfare," and "Veterinary Education" are posted at www.avma.org under "Policy" in the Issues section.