FEI President Celebrates Equine Vets at 2011 WEVA Congress

FEI President Celebrates Equine Vets at 2011 WEVA Congress

FEI President HRH Princess Haya, who gave the opening address at the 2011 WEVA Conference in India on Nov. 2.

Photo: Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)

Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) President HRH Princess Haya celebrated the 250th anniversary of the first veterinary school in Lyons, France, and the birth of the modern veterinary profession in her opening address at the 2011 World Equine Veterinary Association (WEVA) Conference in India on Nov. 2.

The FEI president addressed 600 delegates, including key members of the world's equine industry, breeders, and leading equine veterinarians, at the conference in the historic city of Hyderabad.

"The events organized around the world to mark World Veterinary Year have demonstrated the crucial role veterinarians play in improving animal health, pushing the boundaries of biomedical research and protecting the environment," HRH Princess Haya said. "The challenge is to better serve the wider equestrian community by leading and taking courageous and sometimes difficult decisions while ensuring that our horses, our industry, our sport, our food supplies and the future scientific breakthroughs needed by the world over are protected in all ways."

In her opening address, HRH Princess Haya drew a round of applause from the audience when she called for the safe international movement of high performance horses and taking a risk-based approach without over-precautionary levels of red tape and restrictions.

For their 2011 Congress, WEVA brought together leading equine veterinarians from around the world with a broad program, including a special FEI session highlighting the past and current contribution of the veterinary profession to equestrian sport.

"The annual WEVA conference is growing every year and covers a more and more diverse programme as the remit of veterinarians grows," said Tim Greet, BVMS, FRCVS, MVM, Cert EO, DESTS, Dipl. ECVS, WEVA president. "We are delighted that FEI President Princess Haya chose WEVA 2011 here in India to express a vision for the relationship between the equine veterinary profession, equestrian sport and the wider industry as we enter the next 250 years."

"We must keep to our guiding principles of maintaining equine welfare and using best veterinary science," Greet concluded.

The opening address by FEI President HRH Princess Haya at the 2011 WEVA conference can be viewed online.

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