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EU Veterinary Week 2009 "One Health" Conference - Monday 28 September 2009 - The Cellars of Cureghem, Brussels.

The Directorate-General for Health and Consumers is organising a conference on Monday 28 September 2009 to launch the EU-wide "Veterinary Week" which will run from 28 September to 4 October 2009. The event will be hosted at The Cellars of Cureghem, rue Ropsy Chaudron 24, 1070 Brussels.

The conference will mark the launch of the EU Veterinary week 2009 and a draft programme can be found here. The concept of an EU Veterinary Week was created in 2008 in collaboration with the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) to highlight the important role played by European veterinarians.

Another objective of the EU Veterinary Week 2009 will be to promote the role of EU veterinarians and of the EU in safeguarding the health of farmed and domestic animals, as well as the health of citizens thanks to safe food and the prevention of zoonoses (diseases affecting both animals and humans) and other transmissible diseases. The key slogan retained for this event is "Animals + Humans = One Health" which stresses the link between animal and public health. A similar event was organised in 2008 with biosecurity as its overarching theme. More details can be found at the following website address:

A number of diseases which illustrate the concept of One Health will be discussed during the conference. They will provide examples of cross-overs between human and animal health and the need for an approach that unifies veterinary and human medicine. Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies have been chosen as one such example. In addition, as the start of the EU Veterinary Week will coincide with the World Rabies Day, rabies has been chosen as another illustrative disease.

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