Dear Rectors, Deans, Colleagues, Representatives of the Member Faculties of the European Association of Establishments for Veterinary Education,
As Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) it is a pleasure and a privilege to greet the representatives of the close to 100 establishments for veterinary education that are connected to EAEVE most welcome to Uppsala 12-13 May, 2016.
In 2004 a reform of SLU’s faculty structure led to the establishment of a unified Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science. From the beginning, planning focused on bringing together the new faculty’s various activities in a common facility for research, training and veterinary care. In 2006 SLU and the governmental property owner, Akademiska Hus, began the process that resulted in a brand new, centrally located building within a new, more concentrated Ultuna campus. After many years of planning, design and construction, the Centre for Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (VHC) was inaugurated in September 2014.
Thus, we are very happy to bid you welcome not only to SLU, but also to our new VHC!
The two days of the 29th EAEVE General Assembly will have different focus; May 12 the annual “business meeting”, i.e. the General Assembly, takes place and May 13 there will be a full-day Educational Programme.
This time the GA agenda includes the introduction of a new manual for the Evaluation System, as well as important information and discussions on many other facets of EAEVE activities. The first day ends with a tour of our brand new Centre and a cocktail reception in the center’s atrium. There, you will also have the opportunity to meet colleagues and students who are happy to demonstrate the center’s modern equipment and innovative solutions for teaching, research and clinical practice.
The Education Programme on May 13 includes thought-provoking presentations from VetMedUni Vienna, OIE, FVE and WVA. After lunch, focus will – for obvious reasons – be on the theme “Modern Housing and Facilities for Veterinary Education”. After some invited presentations, we will try and use the experiences and solutions from the work with VHC for a more “practical” afternoon. In the evening there will be a “gala dinner” in downtown Uppsala.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Uppsala in May 2016 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Prof. Kristina Dahlborn
Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences