Equine Education on the Iberian Peninsula

Lecture topics included angular and flexural limb deformities, diagnosing and imaging hoof problems, and more.

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By Tim Greet, BVMS, FRCVS, MVM, Cert EO, DESTS, Dipl. ECVS, WEVA President’s Advisor

For several years the World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) has been working toward promoting a regular Iberian conference to unite the Spanish and Portuguese equine veterinary associations (AMEE and AMPVE, respectively). Four years ago we held a successful intermediate meeting in Segovia, Spain. The rather belated follow-up took place on May 16 in Lisbon, Portugal.

The meeting was held in conjunction with the annual Federation of European Equine Veterinary Associations (FEEVA) general assembly, which was held in Lisbon the day before the scientific meeting. This federation is responsible for coordinating equine veterinary political activities in Europe. They report to the Federation of Veterinarians in Europe, which is the overarching veterinary political body that deals directly with the European Council, Commission, and Parliament. Representatives from all the significant equine associations in Europe attended this meeting, as did Kent Carter DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, the current American Association of Equine Practitioners president.

Many current issues were discussed during the FEEVA meeting, including the profession’s demographics, potential overproduction of veterinary graduates, European Union (EU) approval of veterinary schools, medicine availability, antimicrobial resistance, equine welfare issues, the European Horse Network, standardization of prepurchase examinations (including radiologic interpretation) across the EU, the Callisto Project (zoonotic infections from equidae), and VETCEE (continuing veterinary education in Europe)

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