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EAZWV: Helping vets help wildlife!
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EAZWV is a volunteer organisation. As well as supporting our members in their work as zoo and wildlife vets and we also identify and coordinate key projects where, collectively, we can make a difference to the health, welfare and conservation of wildlife.

Following a Strategic Planning Workshop in 2016 EAZWV members identified key project areas for us to work on collectively during the period 2017-2021. The EAZWV board has commissioned 13 member run working groups to deliver on these strategic priorities.

Working Group Briefings for 2017-2018

A summary of the working groups objectives is laid out in the table below. The full briefing documents can be found here. We are keen for all EAZWV members to get involved.

Click here to apply to join a Working Group

(Note: you need to be an EAZWV member to access this area)


Each Working Group lead will be recruiting members to help them fulfill these objectives in the table below. As you can see there is plenty of scope within each of the briefings for member participation and feedback! Working Group leads will be in touch at the annual conference, by email and via the website and social media - they will also report back on their progress both to the board and membership at least twice a year.

Many WG have overlapping remits. To understand better how all these initiatives fit together, click here.


    Working Group &
Member Lead
Click on the links to read each WG's detailed brief
1 Communications and Membership

Sara Abreu
Improve Member Communication and Access to Web Resources

2017 Focus: Website, social media, NL, attracting new members and surveying needs of existing members. Making sure vets have the info they need to provide the best treatment to wildlife.
2 Conference

Hugo Fernandez 
Run an annual conference that disseminates key scientific information on wildlife health, meets the needs of the whole membership AND is a showcase of EAZWV activities

2017 Focus: Increase involvement of membership in reviewing conference submissions, develop conference handbook and great working relationship with conference partners: IZW, AAZV, ECZM etc.
3 Wildlife Conservation

Chris Walzer 
Reinforcing the "W" in EAZWV

2017 Focus: explore potential links with WDA / EWDA. Encourage submissions from the field to conference programme. Assist Student Section in identifying suitable free ranging wildlife training opportunities + ensure that free ranging wildlife health topics are well represented in all EAZWV offerings.
4 Education and Training

Fabia Wyss
Raising professional standards through provision of specialist training to meet member needs

2017 Focus: Develop official partnership with ECZM and support internship and residency programmes, identify key member training needs and provide matching opportunities (summer schools, conference workshops, online resources, other opportunities), work closely with the Student Section.
5 Ethics and Welfare

Taina Strike
Clarify EAZWV's position on ethical issues pertaining to wildlife health, welfare and conservation and get member buy-in

2017 Focus: Establish EAZWV position on issues of current relevance to wildlife health, consult on these with membership and EAZWV’s key partners (AAZV/EAZA).

Proactively engage in debate (and arbitration) on ethical and welfare issues both internal and external to EAZWV

2017 Focus: Create a system to review internal ethical and welfare concerns within the membership. (e.g. conference paper submissions). Consider EAZWV’s future potential role as a lobbying organisation vs purely a scientific one.
6 Sustainability Ensure EAZWV (organisation and its members) minimise their environmental impact

2017 Focus: Explore how EAZWV can live its conservation mission. Decreasing EAZWV’s carbon foot print (conference), identifying ethical banking, raising awareness amongst members and sharing ideas as to how we can each do our bit, production of a page for our website, contributing to our social media posts.
7 Research Encourage and support research in zoological medicine

2017 Focus: Review and develop relationship with ZEBRA Foundation (currently focused on research training support for students and early career vets). Explore other ways that EAZWV could help vets help wildlife through research, for example:

- Publicise relevant grants
- Collate database of research projects/sample request that EAZWV could collaborate on
- Match up Vet Advisors with EAZWV members (students/ residents/ other) that want to get involved in research projects relevant to managed programmes
- Develop opportunities to link up with field researchers
- Work with Student Section on identifying research externships
- Develop training materials on writing up papers, producing posters, grant writing

8 Governance and Partnerships

Hanspeter Steinmetz
Professionalise EAZWV: clear governance structure, policies and procedures.

Increase EAZWV reach and impact through strategic partnerships.

2017 Focus: produce an EAZWV rule book including financial procedures, Board and WG recruitment, organigram etc. Evaluate existing partnerships (how could they be further developed?) and identify new partnerships.
9 Financial Resources

Sabine Öfner
Increasing EAZWV’s Financial Resources

2017 Focus: Production of a business plan (short/medium/long term) for EAZWV including reserves policy – need clarity on what funding is required for strategic activities. (+ work with governance group on financial procedures). Source sponsorship & grants to assist with EAZWV activities (budget of €2000 for this financial year), input into conference and membership fees.
10 Infectious Diseases

Alexis Lécu
Publish the Infectious Diseases Handbook

2017 Focus: Publish the next edition of the infectious disease handbook and disseminate to all relevant National and EU officials (as well as to EAZA and EAZWV membership). Produce a framework for managing TB in key EAZA managed species (excluding the bovidae & primate) – see joint TOR with EAZA.
11 Joint EAZWV/EAZA Legislation WG

Arne Lawrenz and Danny de Mann
Collate and provide input from our members and regional sections to relevant EU legislative initiatives

2017 Focus: provide input to EU initiatives such as new Animal Health Legislation, Zoo Licensing, Nagoya protocol etc. Disseminate information on these issues to the regional sections and get them involved in these same issues at a national level. Provide training to government officials as required. This WG will consist of the EAZWV section leads, representatives from the EAZA Veterinary Committee and staff from the EAZA and EAZWV executive
12 Joint EAZWV/EAZA Veterinary Advisor WG

Arne Lawrenz and Danny de Mann
Collaborate with EAZA for the development of the role of Vet Advisor

2017 Focus: Accurate and up to date Vet Advisor Directory available to all EAZWV members (and of course all EAZA members), Vet Advisor survey to better understand issues, Review of Vet Advisor Job Description, Close liaison with communications and membership group – set up and publicise web pages accessible to EAZWV members containing vet advisor reports, current husbandry manual, vet guidelines etc. This WG will involve all TAG and EEP veterinary advisors and liaise closely with the Communications and Membership WG, the Education & Training WG and the Section Representatives.
13 Joint EAZWV/EAZA Data and Biological Resource Sharing WG

Baptiste Mulot 
Raise professional standards by increasing data collection, sharing and use of evidence based decision making

2017 Focus: Meetings with ZIMS and the new EAZA Biobank WG to explore how EAZWV members might be engaged in these important collaborative projects (may want to include EGZAC as well).


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