Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Workshop on animal welfare for veterinary practitioners in Romania

As part of the continuing commitment to animal welfare education in Europe, the Romanian Veterinary Medical Association, in conjunction with the Federation of Vets of Europe and the European Commission organised a national meeting for veterinary practitioners in Romania last week. Heather Bacon the Veterinary Welfare Education and Outreach Manage of the Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education, participated in in the workshop by delivering lectures and practical sessions to equip Romanian veterinary practitioners with the skills needed to recognise and assess animal welfare problems.

The meeting was opened by the President of the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and the President College of Romanian Veterinarians - highlighting that the aim of the conference was to remind delegates of the importance of animal welfare in Romania and the role that veterinarians can play to educate others.

Delegates were then encouraged to assess animal welfare issues and challenges relating to nine different areas, ranging from companion animals to poultry to wild animals held in captivity, through a variety of lectures, group-discussions and field-based practicals  - and each group were requested to provide a five minute presentation of their suggested solution, incorporating current Legislation and Animal Welfare Assessment tools.

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