Dr. Amna bint Abdullah Al Dahak, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, inaugurated the first National Dialogue on Veterinary Medicine at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU), Al Ain.
In her keynote speech at the event titled “Enhancing the capabilities of veterinary services in the UAE”, the minister highlighted the critical role of veterinary services in safeguarding public health, improving food security, biodiversity and the UAE’s commitment to the sector. .
Dr. Al Dahak He addressed the audience saying:
“Today we come together to strengthen collaboration, create sustainable opportunities for better veterinary services and we can work together to make the UAE a role model for the region.”
He highlighted the importance of veterinary services for public health and added:
“These services play a crucial role in combating endemic and emerging animal diseases, protecting humans, animals and the environment from associated health risks.”
Dr. Al Dahak wrote down statistics World Health Organization of Animal Health (WHO), which states that around 60% of human pathogens originate in animals, and that more than 70% of emerging diseases are shared between humans and animals.
He also highlighted the UAE’s support for the WHO‘s Global strategy through initiatives such as the One Health assessment and Pathway Veterinary Services (PVS).
In past years, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment has successfully developed a comprehensive legal framework in the Animal and Veterinary Sector, which has led to the development of an innovative and adaptable legislative system and a standardized implementation of procedures throughout the country.
In addition, tools and capabilities have been developed to support the veterinary system through the Biosafety Early Warning System. This multi-sector, multi-level digital tool addresses animal health by sending alerts about legislative violations and epidemiological and animal welfare concerns. Facilitates rapid responses from all interested parties at the national level.
Dr. Al Dahak described discussions on legislation, sustainability and regulation in the national dialogue as “crucial” and described improving the veterinary sector as a “key priority” for the Ministry.
“We are here to collaborate for the continued development of the veterinary medicine sector, the broader protection of our wildlife and the improvement of global biodiversity.
“Our goal is to build bridges of communication between academia, government and the private sector. This involves identifying the key challenges facing the veterinary profession, refining a mutually agreed veterinary roadmap and launching the necessary regulatory and legislative frameworks for the profession vet. “.
The delegation at the National Dialogue included Prof. Ghaleb Al Hadrami Al Breiki, Acting Vice-Chancellor of the UAEUexperts from veterinary establishments, representatives of relevant international organizations and associations, and UAE government agencies and authorities.
The dialogue led to a series of development initiatives focused on leadership in the veterinary sector. These include collaborations with the private and academic sectors to establish a national system for qualifying and training veterinary students. The goal is to ensure they receive comprehensive scientific and practical experiences. Additionally, there is a focus on creating a digital platform for veterinary facilities to improve transparency, competitiveness and ultimately contribute to improving the overall animal health system in the country.
A crucial part of the dialogue was Dr. Al DahakMeeting with students of the Veterinary Medicine degree at the UAEU. In the conversations, students provided Dr. Al Dahak with valuable information about their specialty and their contributions to the creation and exchange of academic knowledge in veterinary medicine.
She also talked about how MoCCAE can better support the next generation of veterinary medical professionals in the UAE.
Last year, the Ministry approved the amended version of Law number 10 of 2002, which improved investments and regulated the profession of local and government veterinarians.
The first National Dialogue focused on developing solutions to protect and improve veterinary medicine, as well as create opportunities for greater growth, innovation and sustainability.
News source: Emirates News Agency