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News & Press: EAZWV News

September 2016 Newsletter Out Now!

Tuesday 4 October 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Stephanie Sanderson
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EAZWV September '16 News!


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We are back at work from the first joint AAZV-IZW-EAZWV in Atlanta. Thanks to all of you who made the effort to travel to hot and humid Georgia. I think it was a great experience and I was pleased that over 100 EAZWV members joined us and attended the first EAZWV General Assembly in the US. Important items were decided: we have your vote to apply for non-for profit status and online voting is now ratified. You also voted in new board members: I would like to welcome our new vice president, Hugo Fernandez Bellon, Barcelona Zoo and our new secretary Baptiste Mulot from Zoo de Beauval.

We are already in preparation for the next two conferences. From 24th-28th May 2017 The Zoo and Wildlife Health Conference will take place in the home town of the IZW, Berlin – and so it promises to be a great conference! Also the 2nd joint AAZV-IZW-EAZWV is scheduled for 7 days in October 2018. A delegation has already visited Prague zoo to inspect different conference sites.

During the EAZA conference in Belfast the veterinary committee was very active and promoted the engagement of veterinary advisor for all TAGS and EEPs. In addition, the new MOU between EAZA and EAZWV was officially signed by the EAZA president Thomas Kauffels and EAZWV president Hanspeter W. Steinmetz. We look forward to working together for the welfare and conservation of wildlife and the future of zoos.

These are great step forwards in the development of our organisation. There is a lot of interesting work ahead of us and to reach our goals we are dependent on an active membership. Therefore, if you are interested to help us to advance our profession and our goal of helping vets help wildlife, please contact one of the board members. I am sure we will have a fun and interesting active place in the EAZWV for you.

Looking forward hearing from you,

Hanspeter W. Steinmetz,

President EAZWV

P.S. To get the most out of this Newsletter do remember to LOGIN to the EAZWV website: Once you have done this, the links in the text will take you straight to the documents, articles and features we have been working on!

Running our organisation: Keeping our organisation Purring!

Partnership with EAZA 

EAZWV has just renewed its partnership with the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) for a further 5yrs. We will be working together to improve the health, welfare and sustainability of wildlife. Highlights of this cooperation include: raising awareness and sharing of technical resources on veterinary and species management guidelines and relevant legislation, joint lobbying activities in Brussels, running joint training programmes and EAZA sponsorship of the Infectious Disease Handbook and the Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine.

General Assembly Minutes and Annual Report 

Click here to read our General Assembly minutes and here to view EAZWV's Annual Report Presentation.

Changes to the Board - and the Student Section…

Thank you for all of you for submitted your votes both in person at Atlanta and online. We are proud to announce the Board election results: President: Hanspeter Steinmetz, Vice-President Hugo Fernandez Bellon and Secretary: Baptiste Mulot all of which start in office with immediate effect. Sabine Oefner and Kim Gruetzmacher will continue as Treasurer and Vice-Treasurer respectively. Find out more about the board here

There have also been changes in the Student Section Board. Read more here. Javier Martinez has stepped down as President and Johanna Kasberg as Vice-President will take up the role of Acting President until their elections in 2017. Many thanks to Javier for his great work – we are sorry to lose you!.

New Member Applications:

We were pleased to accept all 46 new member applications Jan-July 16 at our General Assembly. Since then we have had a further 27 applications – click here to see who your new colleagues are. As part of our constitution new members have provisional status until they are approved at the GA or 3mth post application to give time for any objections to be lodged.


Member Benefits – Helping you to help Wildlife!

Twice Weekly News Posts - Articles, Events, Job Postings and more!

EAZWV now produces a news feed of interesting articles, papers, job postings, events etc. at least twice weekly (often daily). These are available here. You don’t need to be a Facebook member to view them – but if you do want to have them delivered straight to your Facebook account, just “like” our EAZWV Facebook page!

E-Learning Registration Invitation

EAZWV is proud to offer its members a new online education service in conjunction with the World Veterinary Association and the World Continuing Education Alliance to offer over 900 continuing education courses. Click here to find out more! You will shortly be receiving an invitation from WCEA to register for our e-learning module (if you have already done so you don’t need to re-register!).

Elephant TB Guidelines

EAZWV was invited to the Elephant TB stakeholders meeting in Atlanta, held immediately following our joint conference. The aim of the meeting was to review and update the 2015 Elephant TB Guidelines this summary of the meeting.

Want to find a colleague?

With our new fully searchable online member directory its easy. You can search by name, institution, country or nationality. Next year, we also hope to allow you to search the directory by specialism. Click here to find out more.

EAZWV Continuing Education: Conferences and Summer Schools

Report: 1st Joint conference EAZWV/IZW/AAZV Atlanta 2016

We had a fabulous Joint Conference in Atlanta this year and will be giving those of you who could not join us access to the proceedings on line shortly. 10 of our student members received an EAZWV bursary to enable them to present their work. Read their account of the conference here

Save the Date: The Zoo & Wildlife Health Conference 2017

Our next conference with our partners from IZW will be held in Berlin from 24th - 27th May 2016 with our local hosts being the Berlin Zoo and the Tierpark. More details can be found here. Put the date in your calendar now! (Note also the new name - no one could remember the old one - can you? We hope this will simplify matters!) 

Save the Date 2nd Joint conference EAZWV/IZW/AAZV Prague 2018

Our first joint conference with our AAZV friends was such a success that we are now busy planning the next one, this time in Prague from 6th-13th October 2018 (TBC). Put these provisions dates in your calendar now!

Report: EAZWV Student Summer School

20 of our Student members had a wonderful time in Paris this summer at this year’s EAZWV Student Summer School. Find out what they got up to here. A big thank you to all the course tutors and organisers.

Would you and your institution be interested in hosting the next Student and/or Full Member Summer School? If so, do get in contact with Steph:

Now looking for student placements

There is a big demand for student training opportunities. The 20 places at this year’s EAZWV Student Summer School was sold out within a week! We are now looking to update our Student Placements list. Can you host a student at your institution? Do you offer externships or internships? If so, please click here.


What have YOU been up to? Articles from our Members

2016 Rudolf Ippen Young Scientist Award Winner:

Each year EAZWV and IZW give out the Rudolf Ippen young scientist award to a wildlife researcher who has demonstrated excellent and original scientific work in the fields of zoo animal and wildlife veterinary science or medicine or conservation medicine.

This year Kim Gruetzmacher was our winner. Click here to read an article she has written about this.

Are you a contender for the 2017 award? or do you have a colleague who you feel should apply? Find out more about the Ippen Award application process and selection criteria here.

Tell us about the work you are doing!

We know our members are involved in a wider variety of exciting projects. We would love to hear about them. Can you send us an article (about 500 words with a couple of pictures is ideal) about your work we can share both in the newsletter and on our Facebook page? If so, please email

What would you like from EAZWV?

Join the conversation!

EAZWV is here to help you help wildlife.Let us know how we are doing, how we can do better and volunteer to take part. Click here to join the conversation - we would LOVE to hear from you!

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