EU: World Vet Year 2011 celebration

by Editor
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The role of the veterinary profession, which celebrates this year its 250th anniversary, has been pivotal in making food in the EU safe. Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner, John Dalli, was speaking monday in the Agricultural Council about important food safety subjects.

Dalli spoke about the ongoing dioxin contamination in Germany, the recent African Swine Fever (ASF) outbreak in Russia and the Commission's Communication on bee-health – just three recent issues that underline the importance of the veterinary profession in the daily lives of the European citizen.

Acknowledging this contribution, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) declared 2011 World Veterinary Year. The Year's opening ceremony took place Monday in Versailles, France. The Commission actively participated in the event and, to raise awareness about the role of veterinarians.