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Past Event

 

EVA held its 30th Annual Conference

Ethiopian Veterinary Association (EVA) is an autonomous non-for profit professional membership organization established as of 1974 and re-registered by the Ministry of Justice with license number 0495 issued on 29 October 2009 and operates under the proclamation number 621/2009, Article 111(2) issued to establish professional Association. Currently, EVA has over 1500 members engaged at various sects of the profession of which about 900 are active members. 

EVA has held its 30th annual conference on 2nd & 3rd of September, 2016 at the United Nations – Economic Commission for Africa (UN-ECA) Conference Center which was rolled on the theme entitled “One Health Approach for Combating Emerging/ Re-emerging Pandemic Threats” and three sub-themes dealing with: 

i) Challenges of emerging/re-emerging pandemic threats and endemic zoonoses.

 ii) Roles of OH platform, its institutional arrangements and collaboration needed to ensure effective implementation      

iii) Potential national & international resources to enhance the functionality and effectiveness of the national OH platform

The objectives of the 30th EVA annual conference was to understand the challenges of emerging/re-emerging pandemic threats and endemic zoonoses and opportunities for combating and mitigating them, and the specific objectives were to: exchange professional views and experiences from multidisciplinary and multi-sectoral approaches on  functionality & effectiveness of the OH platform; define the roles of OH platform, its institutional arrangements and collaboration needed to ensure effective implementation; and explore possibilities on how to tap existing national & international resources to enhance the functionality and effectiveness of the national OH platform.

The 30th annual conference brought together more than 700 local and international experts in the realm of veterinary medicine, animal production, public health and other relevant fields. Minister and State Minister of Livestock and Fisheries, Senior government officials representing the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, Parliamentarians, Delegation of the European Union, International and local development partners, public and private veterinary service and product providers, academia, research institutes, laboratories, veterinary input and biological producing, importing and/or distributing centers and other relevant stakeholders took part in the event. The conference was held with the anticipation of active participation and vital inputs for realizing the set objectives and goals; with due emphasis to strengthen the veterinary service of the country with special reference to promotion of One Health Approach in this country.

The two days conference was begun by a minute of silence in respect of those Veterinary Professionals who passed away during the budget year which was followed by a welcoming speech by Dr Wondwosen Asfaw, president of EVA and official opening speech by H.E Ato Sileshi Getahun, Minister of Livestock and Fisheries who was the guest of honor. 

The opening session was followed by the scientific session during which 12 scientific presentations were delivered as per the schedule. The third session was dedicated to the EVA business during which awarding ceremony, Editorial, Secretariat and External Audit reports presented, a new executive board members elected as per the bylaw of the association, Resolution of the conference was formulated and approved by the assembly. Finally, the conference was officially closed by H.E. Dr Mesrak Mekonnen, State Minister of Livestock and Fisheries resources.  

 

 




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