The 6th REEV-Med General Assembly was coupled with the 5th Congress of Tunisian Veterinary Technical Groups (GTVT) held on 13 and 14 December 2017 in Hammamet (Tunisia). The Tunisian Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, H.E. Samir Taïeb, opened the workshop in the presence of Dr. Malek Zrelli, Chief Veterinary Officer of Tunisia.
The General Assembly was chaired by the President, Prof. Nihad Fejzic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and gathered about 20 Deans or representatives from the Veterinary Education Establishments based in the Mediterranean basin (Albania, Algeria, Turkey, France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Italy, Greece, Morocco, Libya, Tunisia and Egypt). The Assembly had also the invaluable contribution of the Honorary President of the REEV-Med Association, Professor André Laurent Parodi.
The new Statute of the Association was approved by the General Assembly. This new Statute expanded the REEV-Med mission and improved the clarity and simplicity of the procedures and management of the Association.
The financial report of the Association was presented by the Treasurer, Dr Isabelle Chmitelin (France) who provided an overview of the membership fees. In the course of 2017, it was noted an increase of the subscriptions to the network and during the General Assembly several participants – not yet members – showed interest in adhering to REEV-Med.
Prof. Gatta (Italy) presented the cooperation initiative between the veterinary educational establishments of Bologna (Italy) and Tunis (Tunisia) that started in 2017 under the framework of REEV-Med, underlining that this network has certainly facilitated this interaction.
Prof. Ehab Abu-Basha (Jordan) presented the progress and action plan for the Association of American Veterinary Medical College’s (AAVMC) Council on International Veterinary Medical Education (CIVME) and possible collaboration with REEV-Med was also discussed by opening potential future common initiatives.
Official opening with the Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries, H.E. Samir Taïeb.
Dr Rachid Bouguedour (OIE Sub-Regional Representative for North Africa) gave a presentation on “One Health” by focusing the topic on antimicrobial resistance. The Tripartite initiatives (OIE/WHO/FAO) were highlighted and he invited the participants to bring this very important issue within the training courses because strong educational campaign and cooperation among all stakeholders is needed to face this challenge.
As follow-up activities, the members of the REEV Med network – in the next months – will
collect all their cooperation activities being conducted in the Mediterranean basin in order to make the state of play and therefore plan further coordinated and common projects. Current resources and tools today available (e.g. Erasmus+, EU COST Action….) will be explored by the members of REEV-Med with the objective of finding suitable topics and project (mobility, development….) to be funded.
In addition, Prof. Abdelfettah Ettriqui was elected as Secretary General of REEV-Med to replace Prof. Samir Benrhomdane. Prof Abdelfettah Ettriqui is the new director of the National School of Veterinary Medicine of Sidi Thabet (ENMV).
The next General Assembly will be in 2018 held in Turkey.