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Advocacy and Alliances

EAZWV works in partnership with a number of like minded organisations and has formal agreements with European Association of Zoos and Aquariums, American Association of Zoo Veterinarians and the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research.

The partnership with EAZA is undertaken via the EAZA Veterinary Committee. 

EAZA Veterinary Committee mission statement:    

To raise standards of wildlife health, welfare and management through the provision of expert veterinary policy level advice and services to EAZA.**   
The Veterinary Committee aims to achieve this by working in the following areas:  


  • Lobby and contribute to policy formation to ensure veterinary EU legislation is fit for purpose and does not hinder EAZA's ability to fulfil its mission.  

  • Form alliances and work with other likeminded organisations to maximize our impact. (e.g. EAZWV, AAZV, etc)    


  • Promote the value and use of specialist veterinary expertise in wildlife health, welfare and management both within and external to EAZA.    


  • Use of evidence based veterinary medicine to raise standards of wildlife health, welfare and species management by a variety of methods including:  

    • Contributing to EAZA policy and standards development. 

    • Supporting EEP and TAG vet advisors and monitoring the implementation of the EAZA Veterinary Advisor guidelines.  

    • Oversee, develop and support EAZA working groups running under the Committees remit* (EAZA Transport  Working Group (TWG) and the EAZA Group for Zoo Animal Contraceptives (EGZAC))  

    • Supporting other specialist EAZA working groups (e.g.  EAZA Nutrition Working Group, EAZA Animal Welfare Working Group, etc.)  

    • Production of relevant guidelines* such as IDWG manual, peer reviewed contributions to newsletters, journals etc.  

    • Provision of training* to EAZA members and externals on key issues pertaining to wildlife health welfare and management (e.g. EAZA academy, EU animal health officials, articles, workshops etc) 

* The committee will work together with EAZWV as defined by the MOU with EAZA on these key activities.  
** The clinical and academic input and advice will be covered under the MOU between EAZA & EAZWV.

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