Bernard Vallat has been appointed for a third term as director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Official delegates from the 176 OIE member countries voted for Dr Vallat to head the organisation for the next five years.

Bernard Vallat has been appointed for a third term as director general of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Official delegates from the 176 OIE member countries voted for Dr Vallat to head the organisation for the next five years.
 
The election was held as a secret ballot, using the “one country, one vote” rule.
 
OIE director general Bernard VallatThis is Dr Vallat’s third term as director general of the OIE. During the past 10 years, he has led OIE actions in several new issues such as animal welfare, animal production, food safety and the strengthening of veterinary services. He also gave the OIE a major role to play in the international management of sanitary crises such as H5N1 avian influenza and the H1N1 pandemic in 2009.
 
Dr Vallat said: “I am very grateful and honoured by the trust member countries have granted me. Leading the OIE during the last 10 years has been a very challenging and exciting experience. I am very pleased to continue the hard work we already started in collaboration with all my colleagues, not only at the OIE headquarters here in Paris, but also with my colleagues within the regional and sub-regional representations and all OIE members and partners.”
 
In his presentation before the election, Dr Vallat gave some indications as to the strategic objectives of the OIE discussed during the World Assembly for the period of 2011-2015, notably the continued strengthening of OIE’s involvement in policy design and governance related to decision-making in animal health and welfare including the quality of veterinary services.
 
New strategic objectives also include sanitary issues related to climate change – such as emerging diseases and interactions between climate and animal production or the protection of bees – and the associated communication policies.

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