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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. A summary of the work group objectives can be found here.

The full briefing documents for the 2017-2018 EAZWV Working Groups can be found here.

We are keen for all EAZWV members to have the opportunity to contribute. You all have great skills and passion for wildlife - together we can really make a difference.

To join a group, simply click on the relevant link below and submit a joining request to the group chair.

We have set up a web page, blog and forum for each of the working groups. We hope this will help you achieve your group's objectives. If you need further support please do contact us and we will do what we can to help!

 

 

We want to improve member communication and their access to relevant resources. We'll focus on bridging the gap between our members through the internet – so you’d be helping us identify relevant articles, conferences, learning resources, job opportunities, internships etc. to keep our website and social media up to date and make it a reference for all our members that are seeking for information and advice. We have also defined 6 key activities that we want to complete in 2017/2018.

 Registered Members

The annual conference is the highlight of the EAZWV year and a key member benefit. It provides our community with an excellent opportunity for networking, continuing education (and fun!).
The Conference Working Group will undertake tasks to ensure a great annual conference that actively caters to our member’s needs and showcases EAZWV activities.

 Registered Members

Data collection & sharing is in the heart of every zoo and wildlife veterinarian work. Our community exists and evolves because we share all information. EAZWV is committed to improving the flow of information between zoos and wildlife researchers. We are partnering with EAZA and Species360 to encourage and work with veterinarians to ensure best use of the data and material available for the benefit of wildlife. This includes use and improvement of ZIMS, EAZA BioBank Working Group, etc.

 Registered Members

This group is working on 3 tasks: 1. finalising the 5th edition of the Transmissible Diseases Handbook, 2. Working with EAZA to produce a manual guiding the management of TB in EAZA managed programmes and 3. compiling experiences of Avian Influenza in European Zoos with a view to gaining consistency in implementation of AI control measures in Europe.

 Registered Members

This WG will consist of the EAZWV section leads, representatives from the EAZA Veterinary Committee and staff from the EAZA and EAZWV executive and members interested in EU legislation especially on the impact legislation can have on our daily work.
2017 Focus: provide input to EU initiatives such as new Animal Health Legislation, Zoo Licencing, Nagoya protocol etc. Disseminate information on these issues to the regional sections and get them involved in these same issues at a national level.

 Registered Members

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.
2017 Focus: Accurate and up to date Vet Advisor Directory, Review of Vet Advisor Job Description and set up and publicise web pages containing vet advisor reports, current husbandry manual, vet guidelines etc. available to all EAZWV and EAZA members.

 Registered Members

Raising professional standards through provision of specialist training to meet member needs:
2017 Focus: To develop an official partnership with the European College of Zoological Medicine and support internship and residency programmes, identify key member training needs and provide matching opportunities (summer schools, conference workshops, online resources, other opportunities) and to work closely with the Student Section.

 Registered Members

As zoo and wildlife health professionals we face numerous ethical challenges on a regular basis. We, as a professional community are responsible for answering or at least advising on pertinent ethical questions regarding (free-ranging and captive) wildlife welfare.
The Ethics and Welfare group will
• develop position statements
• work collaboratively with partner organisations
• schedule discussion groups / round tables / forums
• develop guidelines
• develop ethical code

 Registered Members

The Financial Resources Group will be looking at ways of attracting sponsorship and fundraising for EAZWV activities (particularly conference associated costs, awards, training courses, infectious disease handbook). We will also be working closely with the Governance & Partnerships working group to review our financial procedures and make sure that EAZWV's finances well managed..

 Registered Members

This WG has the task to professionalize EAZWV by setting up clear governance structures. The work involves formulating and revising policies and procedures. This structures should be transparent and present to our members. In addition the impact and influence of EAZWV should be increased through strategic partnerships.
This year the WG should produce an EAZWV rule book with an organigram and written officers job descriptions.
Current and new partnerships should be reviewed and evaluated.

 Registered Members

 Registered Members

In our constitution, we as EAZWV pledge to advance the health, welfare, (…) and conservation of wild animals (…). All of it being inextricably linked to the health of our environment. Thus, with this group we will strive to minimize our environmental impact as an organization, by gathering and disseminating relevant information among our membership, ensuring that our events take into account environmental sustainability considerations, work closely with and advise other working groups.

 Registered Members

Focus: This group has been set up to ensure that EAZWV supports the "W" in EAZWV - and provides ample opportunities to for veterinarians who work or aspire to work with free ranging wildlife.

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