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Dear FECAVA members and supporters,
 
I hope that you and all your family members are well and that we will be able to leave the still ongoing pandemic soon behind us.
 
As you (hopefully….) will know, FECAVA is running for almost a year a combined YouTube and podcast format which is called FECAVA VetChat.
 
At the beginning of this week I had the great pleasure to interview the general manager of the BpT (The German association of practicing veterinarians) Heiko Färber about the threat to a delegated act supplementing EU Regulation 2019/6 – the new Veterinary Medicines Regulation.
A rejection of the delegated act by the European parliament (voting on this issue will take place on the 13th September) would put into question the future access of veterinarians in the EU to a large number of antimicrobial drugs, regardless what species they are treating. 
The interview explains the background and the consequences and it informs you about what you as a companion animal practitioner and your clients can do to stop this from happening.
 
If you only watch one episode of FECAVA VetChat – watch this one!
 
We would also be very grateful if you could pass on this link to your national organisations and to your members.
 
Additionally please consider adding your signature to an open letter due to be send to the members of the European parliament on https://form.jotform.com/212352665713353
More than 1100 colleagues and organisations from all over Europe have already done so.  
 
Another – more light hearted – episode of FECAVA VetChat  (due out at the end of the month) is introducing you to Rachel Nixon and Lawrence Dodi, two colleagues from Liverpool, who are planning together with their dog Peggy to circumnavigate the Globe in an ambulance !.....
Their epic trip is due to start on 2nd of October at the Royal Albert Docks in Liverpool and the first leg of their trip is taking them through several countries in Europe. You and the members of your national organisation might like to follow their progress and you might even consider inviting them to spend a night on your clinic’s car park?....
 
Kind regards to all of you, stay safe and hopefully we will be able to meet again very soon…….

Wolfgang Dohne DrMedVet MRCVS
FECAVA Senior Vice President
The following initiatives are ongoing and we invite you to sign and/or spread them as much as you can:

1. Petitions
• EPRUMA Open Letter - Please sign it on behalf of your organisation and spread it to relevant stakeholders in your country;
• BPT petition in German - Please sign and spread it;
 UPV petition in French - Please sign and spread it;

2. Infographics
• FVE-FECAVA social media cards - Please spread them!
• French Veterinary associations cards - Please spread them!
• EPRUMA Twitter cards - Please spread them!

3. Statements
• EPRUMA Myths and Facts - Please spread it!
• Article by Steve Hallahan (EPRUMA chairman) published in EU Parliament Magazine Are MEPs inadvertently causing animal suffering by going beyond scientific advice? - Please spread it!
• EPRUMA and FVE press releases - Please spread them!
• FVE call - Please spread it!

Throughout these actions, FVE and FECAVA want to underline the need to trust the expertise provided by the EU Institutions (EFSA/ECDC/EMA) that drafted the delegated act based on scientific evidence, on ‘One Health’ approach and in full consideration of inputs from both human and the veterinary sector.

FVE calls on you to continue contacting the Members of the European Parliament from your country urging them to support the delegated act and rejecting the motion.
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