Joint WVA/WAVMA Policy on Statutory and Regulatory Authority for Aquatic Veterinary Medicine
On 12th August 2013, the WVA Council adopted a Joint position to together with the World Aquatic Veterinary Medical Association on Statutory and Regulatory Authority for Aquatic Veterinary Medicine.
With the rapid growth of aquaculture and the number of disease outbreaks around the world, there is a critical need for identifying, recognising and delegating appropriate responsibilities to veterinarians and non-veterinarian para-professionals in National and International aquatic animal and welfare programmes, similar to terrestrial programmes. It is equally important to recognise the education, knowledge, skills, experience and responsibilities afforded veterinarians and non-veterinary para-professionals that constitute a veterinary workforcei. Throughout the world, graduating from recognised veterinary degree-awarding institutions and registration or licensing by National, Provincial, State or other accreditation bodies that regulate the practice veterinary medicine, confers legal and accountability responsibilities on the recipient.