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Report of the 33rd World Veterinary Association General Assembly




1. Outline
2017 33rd World Veterinary Congress is the second congress held in Asia following the first congress in Japan since the first WVC in Germany. 5,117 people from 79 countries visited Songdo, Incheon from August 27 to 31, 2017 and the congress with the theme of " One Health, One Wave " ended in great success.

WVC has begun with the plenary lecture
"One Health, One World " by Ki-moon BAN, former Secretary-General of the United Nations. In this lecture, he emphasized the role of veterinarians to respond to climatic change, new infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance problems threatening humanity.

The 33rd World Veterinary Congress is aimed to promote and raise awareness about One Heath, an emerging concept encompassing the health of humans, animals and their environment, across the globe as well as sharing new wave of the new technologies in all disciplines of clinical veterinary medicine and creating a new trending the field.
In the capacity of ICMM member nation and as a representative of ROK Army, Major Yujin KIM, Veterinary Preventive Medicine Officer of ROK Armed Forces Medical Command participated in World Veterinary General Assembly. It proceeded in the order of WVA strategy 2015~2017, short presentations by WVA partners and standing committee reports and handover of the next WVA president. In the short presentations by WVA partners, they introduced activities of ICMM and enhance mutual assistance system with related organizations.

2. Introduction of WVA Strategy 2015-2018
1) WVA Vision: World Veterinary Association is recognized and respected as the trusted
and influential voice of global veterinary medicine
2) Mission: To assure and promote animal health and welfare and public health globally, through developing and advancing veterinary medicine, the veterinary profession as well as public and private veterinary services.
3) WVA 4 Values
- Knowledgeable: WVA provides science based statements and guidelines on various
veterinary issues.
- Trustworthy: WVA provides its Members with valuable resources, a global veterinary arena, and a reliable partner for issues relating to international veterinary medicine.
- Transparency: WVA activities are carried out in an independent, ethical and professionally responsible manner, in the interest of WVA members, partners and society.
- Nimbleness: WVA is primarily proactive and promptly responsive when necessary.

On 12-13 March 2015, the WVA Council narrowed the focus down to For Priority Issues that promote better Animal Health and are associated with the One Health concept:
- Animal Welfare
- Pharmaceutical Stewardship
- Veterinary Education
- Zoonotic Disease

3. Report to the WVA General Assembly, Each Working Groups activities in 2017
1) Zoonotic Disease by Daniela BATTAGLIA
Daniela BATTAGLIA reported zoonosis and explained WVA Community-based hydrophobia prevention business. Its goal is to eliminate dog mediated human rabies by 2030 as part of the Global Alliance for Rabies Control "End Rabies Now" campaign. Gambia of 3 applications of was accepted. The first meeting was held on 7th September 2016 and was followed up with a meeting in Panama on 1st October.

2) Animal Welfare by Patricia TURNER
Patricia TURNER presented animal welfare activities, selected WVA local representatives and decided 3 fact sheets about animal welfare to attract attention this year; Stray and Unowned Dogs, Food Animal transportation, and Working Equid Welfare.
We added manpower to achieve a balance in WVA regional representation. We Also seek to encourage veterinary colleges to enhance veterinary student training and to approach to animal welfare within their curriculum. Six veterinarians representing each of the WVA's global regions were given the award at the WVA in Incheon, South Korea.

3) Veterinary Education by Maria Nelly CAJIAO
Maria Nelly CAJIAO reported activities in veterinary education sector. The WVA aims to play a major role in improving veterinary education around the world in alignment with the strategic priority of veterinary education and also in supporting the OIE standards to facilitate understanding of them to veterinarians.

4) Pharmaceutical Stewardship by Lyle VOGEL
This priority focuses on the importance of decreasing the development of antimicrobial resistance through education on the responsible use and disposal of medicines. Additional foci for the PSWG are development of safe and effective medicines and availability and access to food quality medicines by veterinarians for the prevention, control and treatment of disease for optimum animal health care.

4. Close
There was Handover of the WVA Council ceremony from predecessor Dr. Rene Carison to Dr. Johnson Chiang. The new president, Dr. S.M. Jonson Chiang highlighted the importance of One Health, which recognizes that humans and animals share the natural environment and create harmony each other. And the WVA envisions that collaboration between the veterinary profession and other professions can ensure that humans, animals and the environment prosper together.

In conclusion, during the Closing Ceremony of the 33rd World Veterinary Congress, "VET VISION 2050", the representatives of students of veterinary colleges and WVA from all over the world recited the declaration. This declaration provided the role and vision from perspectives of One Health and Eco Health and this declaration. It has a great significance in that they selected the role of veterinarians to become ethical One Health leader.

5. Appendixes.
WVA Declaration of Incheon on Veterinary Roles in One Health and EcoHealth Networks
The veterinary profession of 2050 is highly skilled, educated and trusted with expertise in the One Health and EcoHealth approach.

1. One Health is the integrative effort of multiple disciplines working locally, nationally, regionally, and globally to attain optimal health for people, animals, and the environment, which are recognized to be interconnected in ecosystems.
2. A broad intersecting and interdisciplinary holistic approach is essential to develop effective solutions to One Health issues.
3. Optimal health of people and animals cannot be secured without understanding the context of nested ecosystems that are connected with growing intensity by social, economic, biological, and physical links.
4. The veterinary medical profession plays a critical role in activities that address health risks at the animal-human-environment interfaces in ecosystems that range in scale from local to global levels. These activities include; reducing global hunger; ensuring food quality and safety (especially of animal source foods); early detection and control of zoonotic outbreaks; diligent disease surveillance; protection from biosecurity risks; and the significant and varied impacts of the human-animal bond on human lives.
5. Activities related to domestic animals include: promoting animal welfare; preventing and controlling disease outbreaks; improving the efficiency of domestic animal production for food; supporting proper animal product trade; enhanced disease surveillance, diagnosis and control; providing clinical and population health expertise for all animals; responsible use of antimicrobials for the benefit of animal welfare; and preventing and combatting antimicrobial resistance.
6. The activities for ecological health include: protecting biodiversity; controlled movement of exotic species and diseases; pathogen/disease surveillance and prevention in wild animal populations; conservation of natural resources and conservation medicine; and climate change adapting activities.
7. In accordance with World Veterinary Association’s policy statement on One Health, this Declaration is intended to set guidelines for veterinarians working as knowledgeable consultants and guardians of EcoHealth on which the health and well-being of animals and humans are dependent.

Roles of Veterinary Profession
1. Trust in the veterinary profession for the greater public good is based on the ethical behavior of the profession. The veterinary profession are responsible and held accountable for sustaining the highest ethical standards of veterinary profession with strong regulatory bodies in the appropriate jurisdictions.
2. The success of the One Health approach to complex challenges depends on active engagement in policy development. Therefore, the veterinary profession makes a concerted effort to put more emphasis on acquiring expertise directly related to One Health policy.
3. One Health and EcoHealth have different origins, yet both aim to mitigate the risks threatening ecosystems and public health. The nested ecosystems are connected with growing intensity by social, economic, biological, and physical links. Veterinarians lead incorporation of the ecosystem connectedness into the One Health approach.
4. Personal and professional leadership are imperative qualities for the veterinary profession. These are based on understanding the biophysical and socio-economic links between human, animal, and environmental health. In addition to scientific knowledge and clinical skills, team leadership through professional ethics, communication, collaboration, and conscious professional wellness will strengthen the societal confidence in the veterinary profession
5. The diverse roles of the veterinary profession are facilitated by the selection and education of a broad range of applicants to veterinary schools. This provides the profession with improved knowledge and expanded skills in the One Health and Eco Health approach. Education programs including these concepts in professional veterinary curriculums and in continuous professional development (CPD) programs assures that veterinarians are qualified leaders in a One Health approach.
6. The veterinary profession assertively advocate for and better protect the welfare of all animals living in all environments. Veterinarians are educated in animal health and animal welfare evaluations. These evaluations include proper housing, management, nutrition, disease prevention and treatment, responsible care, and humane handling.
7. The veterinary profession is a valued partner for their comprehensive education and expertise within health care professional networks and respected leaders in multi-disciplinary teams. In the 21st century, global food security and access to safe water are major concerns. A One Health approach relies on disciplines amongst other welfare, health, economics, social and environmental sciences.
8. The World Veterinary Association is the voice of the global veterinary profession with partners in a One Health approach for establishing guidance and policy for the benefit of the welfare of animals, humans and the environment.