3 Jun 2024

European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education host their General Assembly in Paris

By WVA President Dr John de Jong

I was pleased to be in Paris, France, for both the World Health Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH) General Session and also for the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education (EAEVE), General Assembly and Educational Day.

At EAEVE I was graciously received by Drs Stephane Martinot and Pierre Lekeux at the veterinary school in Maisons-Alfort, as well as by others.

The veterinary school there is the second oldest in France, following Lyon, and was founded in 1765! Arrival through the gate and one is greeted by a statue of Claude Bourgelat, the father of modern day veterinary medicine. I attended their GA on the first day. With 300 attendees from 36 countries, it was well attended. Interestingly, EAEVE was conceived at a World Veterinary Congress in Montreal in 1987! Today they have 84 members, 9 associate members, and 12 candidate memberships. Historically, the original name of working with horses and animals was referred to as hippiatry and Bourgelat effectively changed it to veterinary from the Latin word, veterinarius.

A new President was elected to succeed Dr Martinot and Dr Petra Winter ran unopposed. New Executive Committee members were introduced as well. 

The second day was Educational Day. Panels were held on Artificial Intelligence, Day 1 Competencies, and Veterinary Public Health Education. The panelists came from different countries and also included IVSA President Vanda Ducic. Each panel was followed by robust Q&A sessions. In closing, several partner organizations were given brief opportunities to speak, and I presented for the WVA focusing on the need for continued work on veterinary education as well as accreditation, continuing education, and licensure and strengthening the entire veterinary teams. A tour of the campus and gala dinner followed before my trip home the next day.