On April 20, the Rosselkhoznadzor took part in the first day of the X International Veterinary Congress "One World — One Health". The event was organized by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation and the Veterinary Association of Russia.
The Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance was represented at the congress by the Advisers to the Head Yulia Melano and Nikita Lebedev, responsible employees of the Rosselkhoznadzor and its subordinate institutions: the Federal Center for Animal Health (FGBI "ARRIAH") and the Russian State Center for Animal Feed and Drug Standardization and Quality (FGBI "VGNKI").
Addressing the professional community at the X International Veterinary Congress, Deputy Minister of Agriculture of the Russian Federation Maxim Uvaidov said that it is necessary to conduct a set of training events in the Russian regions aimed at the rapid eradication of infectious livestock diseases. He added that only consolidated efforts of local authorities, supervisory authorities and veterinary services will ensure the epizootic well-being of the Russian Federation subjects.
In addition, the Deputy Minister announced the upcoming restoration of the honorary title "Honored Veterinarian of the Russian Federation". The corresponding decree of the President of Russia is currently being prepared.
In continuation of the topic, Maria Novikova, Director of the Veterinary Department of the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation, noted the importance of developing a personal development plan for each regional veterinary service for the coming years. The document should be based on the current results of the biosafety analysis. According to her, a huge layer of work is to train highly qualified and versatile personnel for the veterinary industry. It is necessary to involve students in practical activities and increase the number of research projects.
On behalf of the Head of the Rosselkhoznadzor Sergey Dankvert, the adviser to the Head Yulia Melano addressed a welcoming speech. "The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that 60% of human pathogens come from animals, of which about three-quarters come from the wild. In this regard, a transboundary exchange of laboratory research and scientific knowledge is needed, which can significantly increase the degree of coordination of countries in the face of new challenges and strengthen the global health infrastructure," she said.
Within the framework of the Congress, Rosselkhoznadzor organized the round table "Covid-19. New vaccines for animals". The Carnivak-Cov vaccine developed by the authority's scientists is the only COVID-19 vaccine for animals registered in the world.
The first day of the X International Veterinary Congress was also attended by employees of the Rosselkhoznadzor central office. The professional community was informed about the preliminary positive assessment of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) of the new Russian FMD dossier prepared by the Service in 2020 in order to recognize two more FMD-free zones in Russia with and without vaccination. The final decision will be made at the General Session of the OIE Delegates at the end of May 2021.
The Rosselkhoznadzor stressed that compliance with the regionalization requirements is the most important element of the work of the professional veterinary community in the Russian regions. Violations can lead to a wide spread of animal diseases and disrupt the export of livestock products.
The head of the Regional Office of the World Organization for Animal Health, Budimir Plavsic, in turn, added that the current epidemiological situation in the world once again showed the need for joint work of all countries. He noted the high level of veterinary supervision in Russia and the effectiveness of preventive measures to prevent the occurrence and spread of animal diseases.
A number of foreign speakers also made their presentations at the congress. So, one of the most prominent virologists in the world, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Albert Osterhaus told about emeregent and reemeregent zoonotic infections. He stressed that pandemics and epidemics suggest that it is currently impossible to bring viruses under control. According to him, to prevent the spread of zoonotic infections, rapid warning systems, diagnostic platforms, pharmaceutical tools, effective mathematical models for assessing risks and predicting the epizootic situation are needed. An important point is the direct and prompt dialogue between experts, scientists and politicians.
The X International Veterinary Congress in 2021 is held in a hybrid format, combining a video conference mode and face-to-face meetings of industry professionals.
Until April 23, according to the Programme, the responsible employees of the Rosselkhoznadzor-subordinate FGBI "ARRIAH" and FGBI "VGNKI" will take part in the discussion of such important topics as prevention and control of African swine fever and avian viral diseases.
For the first time, the prime information partner of the congress is the Rosselkhoznadzor in-house newspaper "Veterinary Medicine and Life".