EJCAP Online 22(4), December 2012, English

15 FECAVA News

15 FECAVA News

EJCAP

Ilya Sereda, our colleague and FECAVA Director for Russia has some exciting news for Russian readers! Click on the video to hear it in English – or Russian!

FECAVA Vice president Monique Megens at the workshop

visit www.immersive-worlds.com

* See ‘Let’s all flock together in Online Communities’ by Erik van der Zijden, EJCAP 22/2

Towards an online community

for companion animal vets

In human health many online platforms exist for healthcare professionals, allowing them to discuss on forums, share X-ray pictures and download the latest clinical procedures. Towards the end of 2011, there were more than 3 million healthcare professionals connected via Professional Online Communities.

These platforms exist for veterinarians too, although on a smaller scale. However, none of these veterinary communities are as active, global and professional-looking as some of their human health counterparts*.

At FECAVA, we’ve been wondering if there is a need for an online professional community for companion animal vets in Europe. The question was explored at the NOVICE conference “Insights for online professional communities”, held on 4 and 5 October at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest (Romania).

The workshop was attended by experts like Niki Lambropulos from Greece, who is a so-called ‘Immersive Worlds’ expert, and Esther de Groot from the Netherlands, a researcher on learning communities. FECAVA vice president Monique Megens chaired the workshop, which addressed the following questions:

- What do practitioners expect to gain from online activities in an international context;

- What is better organised: groups from specific countries, languages, species or disciplines?

- What will trigger companion animal vets all over Europe to flock together?

Participants concluded that there is a lot of potential in FECAVA and NOVICE joining forces.

Niki Lambropulos indicated that communities can be highly successful if certain guidelines are followed and if it is built up from the bottom up.

FECAVA as the representative of companion animal vets in Europe and NOVICE as the Network of veterinary ICT in education, an EU-funded project which aims to investigate the use of Web 2.0 tools such as discussion boards in informal lifelong learning. This project has already led to the development of a veterinary online community, www.noviceproject.eu.

Further steps towards a professional community for companion animal vets on the NOVICE platform will be explored.

Monique Megens

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New Poster out now:

Responsible use of antimicrobials

The first in a series of three FECAVA posters on the responsible use of antimicrobials has just been published. Produced by the Working Group on Hygiene and the Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice, the diagram helps the clinician to determine if and when antimicrobials are necessary.

Documents are available from a variety of organisations advising on which antimicrobial should be used for different conditions. However, in this poster, FECAVA wishes to address the fact that not all infections need antimicrobials, and to provide guidance on the basic questions that clinicians need to consider when deciding whether to prescribe them There are occasions when such drugs are clearly necessary but in other circumstances it will be appropriate to refrain from treatment or delay prescription until there is clear evidence that the infection will not resolve without their use. Veterinarians need to adopt a rigorous professional approach and establish the decision to treat or not on evidence-based medicine – and not as a routine act to avoid assessment of real need or to satisfy pet owners.

This poster is available as a high resolution PDF that can be downloaded free of charge from the FECAVA website. If you would like to see it translated into your language please do not hesitate to contact your FECAVA association’s director.

Alexandra Vilén

Chairwoman of FECAVA Working Group on Hygiene and the Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice

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New Poster out now: Responsible use of antimicrobials

The first in a series of three FECAVA posters on the responsible use of antimicrobials has just been published. Produced by the Working Group on Hygiene and the Use of Antimicrobials in Veterinary Practice, the diagram helps the clinician to determine if and when antimicrobials ...

EJCAP

Ilya Sereda, our colleague and FECAVA Director for Russia has some exciting news for Russian readers! Click on the video to hear it in English – or Russian!

FECAVA Vice president Monique Megens with speakers Esther de Groot and Andrew Gardiner

NOVICE: towards an online community for companion animal vets

In human health many online platforms exist for healthcare professionals, allowing them to discuss on forums, share X-ray pictures and download the latest clinical procedures. Towards the end of 2011, there were more than 3 million healthcare professionals connected via ...

Volume 22(4), December 2012 SPECIAL ISSUE

Voorbeeld Tekst

Katia receives Athenian Helmet

The Athenian Helmet, together with a set of goggles, was donated to FECAVA by a group of directors at a memorable meeting in Athens in November 2010. It is presented twice yearly by the President to a long serving member of the FECAVA family, as a light-hearted token of respect for the wisdom and sense of humour demonstrated by the recipient.

This autumn, at the FECAVA Council meeting at the SEVC in Barcelona, the latest recipient was Katia di Nicolo from the Lëtzebuerger Associatioun vun Klengdéierepraktiker, who represents Luxembourg on the FECAVA Council.

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