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Cute or Calamitous?
Was the title of the press conference at the WSAVA/FECAVA/DSAVA congress in 2017.
The start of a whole range of activities in different countries to start raising awareness of the problems of brachycephalic dogs, known as flat-faced dogs.
The fact that they became very popular, made the veterinarian community more aware that we needed to inform and to act. The flat-faced dogs have become victims of their own popularity.
It seems that the result of an extreme brachycephalic confirmation has become one of the top animal welfare concerns. As it is a complex issue,  spread even in cats and rabbits, it requires additional education of veterinary professionals, breeders and owners to reduce health problems in these breeds.
It is up to the veterinary profession to work closely with stakeholders to influence and improve the health and welfare of all brachycephalic breeds.
Extreme phenotypes should not be used in breeding.
Affected animals are treated with the highest veterinary standards; surgical procedures are done to correct and overcome their uncomfortable disorders. However, these surgical procedures are anything but 'normal'.
All our FECAVA members put a lot of effort in communication; they created platforms and activities, got out of their comfort zone and took action! You can find a lot of information per country on the FECAVA website, just go and have a look.
We are proud as FECAVA team to see so many interactions with the public, especially with potential owners to talk with us before buying a dog in the first place.
As we are experts, don't forget!

Dr. Ann Criel
Honorary secretary of FECAVA,
Member of the FVE Animal Welfare Working group
Member of the FECAVA Brachie Working group

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Everyone experiences stress in their life, some more than others. 
Sometimes people say stress can be a good thing; what they really mean is pressure can have a positive effect in motivating us to do something. Some pressure or feeling out of our comfort zone for a short period can be okay but if that pressure is persistent or extreme, it can lead to illness and affect our mental health and wellbeing. 
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If you are feeling stressed, try and identify what is causing it. Make sure you create some time for yourself, doing what you want to do eg reading a book, walking the dog, going for a run, meeting a friend for coffee. It is really important to create space for ‘me’ time even if it’s only for 30 minutes.
Don’t forget our friends and colleagues may be feeling stressed even if they don’t outwardly look it. Take time to ask how people are doing and listen to their reply. It is so easy to ask the question but move on, before truly listening to the answer. 

A few months ago I came across information about a large number of stray and abandoned animals in Ukraine and this triggered some questions about animal welfare and shelter medicine.
USAVA congress was an ideal place to talk to colleagues and the perfect opportunity to negotiate guidelines for veterinarians. Discussed topics included: welfare, vaccination protocols, early vaccination, euthanasia of stray animals, assistance to homeless animals, etc.
Animal health and welfare can be seriously affected. Directly, when the stray animals themselves live under poor conditions, (e.g. hunger, chronic skin disorders, lack of shelter, etc.) and indirectly when inappropriate dog population control measures (e.g. shooting, poisoning, inhumane handling) are used.

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FECAVA is sponsoring access to the BSAVA
Small Animal Formulary to 100 FECAVA members


The BSAVA Small Animal Formulary is the indispensable guide to drugs used in veterinary practice for dogs and cats, and is one of the BSAVA's most valued and practical resources for veterinary surgeons. 100 fortunate applicants, members of FECAVA member associations, will receive access for 12 months to more than 440 drugs used for dogs and cats, together with 70 client information leaflets covering drugs that are not authorised for veterinary use. Access covers any updates (including the 10th edition updates due in March 2020).
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FECAVA at the UEVP/FVE meeting in Bratislava
UEVP/FVE General Assembly took place in Bratislava from June 6 to June 8, 2019. FECAVA was represented by its President Wolfgang Dohne and Honorary Treasurer Danny Holmes. At the UEVP General Assembly, Wolfgang Dohne gave his report about the FECAVA activities. At the event, a draft position paper on early neutering of cats was presented and unanimously adopted. The initiative was led by Monique Megens and Dominique Autier-Derian, who were part of FVE/UEVP Animal Welfare Working Group.
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FVE/FECAVA Position paper on early neutering of kittens
Early neutering of cats (before the age of 4 months) is widely used in some countries while uncommon in others. At the FVE General Assembly in June, a position paper on early neutering of cats was presented and unanimously adopted. The initiative was led by former FECAVA president Monique Megens and Dominique Autier-Derian, who were part of FVE/UEVP Animal Welfare Working Group.
FVE adopted the position that no kitten should be neutered before they are weaned (8 weeks). Early neutering is encouraged to control a cat population and neutering from 4 months on is recommended for individually owned cats. The document also presents an overview of the advantages and dis-advantages of early neutering.

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European Coordinating Committee on Veterinary Training (ECCVT) seminar and Veterinary Continuous Education in Europe (VetCEE) General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium
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Dutch Pug Club Commedia stops the breeding of pugs with excessively short noses
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Global Nutrition Committee’s guidelines for pet food labels interpretation in EU

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Evidence for welfare impact on major conditions in dogs
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Updated ABCD guidelines on Feline Infectious Peritonitis (FIP)
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The 4th International Dog Health Workshop
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Former FECAVA President Monique Megens was also present at the event.

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