7 Jun 2024

WVA was at WOAH 91st GS and 100th Anniversary

From May 26th to 30th, the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH – founded as OIE), held its 91st General Session (GS), celebrated 100 years in an event that saw over 1.100 participants, including representatives from 183 WOAH members and several partner organisations that, like WVA, are in official relations with WOAH. Elections were held in person and several standard setting resolutions approved.  
Dr Mark Shipp, the new WVA Councillor for Asia and Oceania, and Past President of WOAH Council was awarded with WOAH’s Gold Medal.

The WVA had the chance to meet with the newly elected Director General, Dr Emmanuelle Soubeyran, along with Dr Jean-Philippe Dop and Dr Javier Yugueros-Marcos (Head of Department Antimicrobial Resistance & Veterinary Products). In attendance from WVA were the WVA President Dr John de John, Councillors Dr Shannon Mesenhowski (North America) and Dr Mark Schipp (Asian and Oceania), Executive Manager Ms Magda Lourenço and Policy Officer Ms Yvonne Niño. Both associations discussed their common activities and how to increase involvement in several projects related to One Health, AMR, veterinary health teams, and animal welfare.

WVA and the Booke, co-founders of the Essential Veterinary Medicines List for food producing animals, meet with the WOAH AMR team and set out the next steps to further align the List with WOAH’s and WHO’s recommendations. WVA/Brooke and WOAH look forward to providing an even more robust list, which will serve as a blueprint for the creation of several national lists, very relevant for WOAH’s members.

During the GS, several resolutions were voted and WOAH standards related to AMR were reviewed, recognising the need to implement the One Health concept globally, expanding standards to include companion animals, considering environmental protection, and updating the list of important veterinary antimicrobial agents. Additionally, standards for proper animal welfare during slaughter were updated, and the impact of climate change on vector-borne diseases was acknowledged.
Furthermore, five countries received official recognition of their animal health status from WOAH.