On 27 January 2015, OIE Director General, Dr Bernard Vallat, met WVA President, Dr René Carlson, for the first time since her recent election, at OIE Headquarters in Paris with a view to furthering their collaboration. The two organisations, already bound by a cooperation agreement for almost 15 years, reviewed the priorities they wished to establish together and discussed possible changes to their cooperation agreement.
The WVA reiterated its commitment to promoting the OIE’s objectives and implementing all its animal health and welfare standards, while the OIE reiterated its continued involvement in supporting and enhancing both the work of veterinarians in the field and close collaboration between public and private sector veterinarians, in line with WVA objectives.
Dr Vallat and Dr René Carlson reiterated the need to strengthen collaboration between public and private veterinarians at national level. To further this goal, the World Veterinary Day Award has been held jointly by the OIE and WVA every year since 2008 to highlight the veterinary profession’s contribution to addressing societal concerns. The theme selected for the 2015 award is "vector-borne diseases with zoonotic potential".
Monday February 9, 2015/ OIE.