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Taking a position on stray dogs

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VETERINARIANS have an important part to play in the prevention and control of stray dog problems, through their multiple different roles in society, according to a position statement agreed by three European veterinary organisations.

The statement, which was adopted by the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), the Union of European Veterinary Practitioners (UEVP) and the Federation of European Companion Animal Veterinary Associations (FECAVA) last month, is intended to promote veterinary leadership in stray dog control in Europe. It points out that ‘in different positions and at many levels, for example, as clinician, state officer, policy adviser, research worker, teacher, etc, veterinarians have the ability to contribute to prevention and control of stray dogs’.

In the statement, the three organisations set out the …

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