Messages from the President

Message of the new President, Ingrid Lorenz, to the members of the ECBHM. 2015, June 29

Dear Diplomates and Residents of the ECBHM,

as the new president of our College, I would like to thank you all for the trust in myself, and the new and old members of the Board to keep the College on the very successful road that it has been on so far.

 I would like to express my deepest gratitude to my predecessor and now Past-President Mireille Meylan, who has done impeccable work for the past two years. Not only has she led the ECBHM through a successful 5 –year re-evaluation by EBVS, she has also implemented a complete overhaul of the Policies and Procedures of the College, formerly known as the Training Brochure. And those are only the publically visible big tasks, not taking into account the amount of work necessary to keep the business of the college running smoothly, which usually remains invisible to most diplomates.
I would also like to thank Mireille for her willingness to further play a major part in the administration of the College by taking over the management of the administrative E-mail traffic. This becomes necessary due to the retirement of our administrative secretary, Jutta Heisler, who I would also like to thank for her work that she did for the College for many years.

I would like to thank again the organisers of the XV. Middle European Buiatric Congress for the invitation to host our AGM and 10th ECBHM Symposium, and I would like to congratulate them on the perfect organisation and on the high scientific standard of the meeting.

I am looking forward to work with the new Board of the College, the new vice-president Raphaël Guatteo , the chairs and members of our committees, and all members of the College, Diplomates and Residents.
I wish everybody a nice summer, which hopefully includes some time for relaxation and holidays.

Best regards

Ingrid Lorenz
(President of the ECBHM)
29/6/2015

 

Merry Christmas and happy new year 2015 from the President

Following the message that the President of the ECBHM has sent to all diplomates and residents at the end of the year 2014:

Dear ECBHM Diplomates and Residents

Another year is almost finished, it is again time to take a quick look back on what happened in our College during 2014.
The year started with the successful re-certification of 19 Diplomates in January. We hope that all Diplomates to be re-certified this year have sent or will send their credentials until December 31.
The next important event was the Residents’ Workshop in Bologna in April, which was attended by a record number of 37 Residents.
The number of Residents is continuing to grow, with 58 potential participants for the 2015 Residents’ Workshop in Nottingham.
Many of us met in June in Oviedo for the Annual General Meeting in the framework of the international ANEBME congress, where we enjoyed the great Spanish hospitality besides the scientific programme, thanks again to the organizers!
July was the month of the Examination, which enabled us to certify 5 new Diplomates. Congratulations and welcome to the College.
The fall was busy for the Board as we had to submit the 5-year report to EBVS. A short report including mostly the number of Diplomates, of Residents, and of Examination candidates has to be submitted every year, and a more detailed report must be submitted every 5 years. The last detailed report, under the lead of the 2009 President Michael Doherty, allowed our College to gain full recognition with EBVS. We are confident that this year’s detailed report will allow our College to keep the status of a fully recognized College. As soon as the report has been discussed at the EBVS annual meeting in Brussels next April, it will be available on our website for all of you interested in the development of the ECBHM.
Indeed, a great deal has been achieved in the last 5 years, about which we should be proud. Two examples are the growing numbers of Alternative Residencies (and the successful examination of several Alternative Residents) and the webinars which bring current information and more exchanges in the life of our College.

I would like to finish this message by thanking all the hard working colleagues who have made major contributions in the realizations of the ECBHM during the last year, first of all the Vice-President Ingrid Lorenz who has always an open ear and a good advice for the President, the Past-President Arcagelo Gentile who is also our webmaster, all Board members (the Treasurer Rainer Martin, the Board Secretary Menno Holzhauer, the two –not so- ordinary members Borut Zemljic and Hugues Guyot).
Many thanks also to the Committee chairs (Daniela Klein for the Education and Residency Committee, Gerrit Hooijer for the Credentials Committee, and Raphael Guatteo for the Examination Committee), as well as all the committee members for their hard work throughout the year which enables the College and very importantly the Residency Programmes to function well. We thank Daniela and Gerrit for agreeing to remain the chairs of their Committees for one more year and welcome Michèle Bodmer as the incoming chair of the Examination Committee from 2015 on, replacing Raphael who held the position for 3 years.
I will not omit to thank the members of the Appeals Committee for their important (and not always so rewarding) work, the members of the Nomination Committee, the Auditors, and the organizers of the webinars, Didier Raboisson and Edouard Timsit.
Last but not least thanks to Jutta Heisler for keeping us all busy and in time for all tasks to be performed within the framework of the College.

On behalf of the ECBHM Board, I wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2015!
We look forward to seeing you all next June in Maribor.

Mireille Meylan
(President of the ECBHM)
2014, December the 23rd

Season's greetings of the President - Christmas time 2013 and new year 2014

Following the message that the President of the ECBHM has sent to all diplomates and residents at the end of the year 2013:

Dear Diplomates and Residents of the ECBHM,

the year 2013, which already comes close to its end, brought many activities for our College, starting in January with the re-certification of a very large group of Diplomates, followed by the residents workshop in Nantes in April, the examination in Munich in July, the Annual General Meeting in the frame of the congress Buiatrissima in Berne in August and 4 webinars in the course of the year.
Through the visits of representatives of ECBHM at the ACVIM Forum in Seattle in June and of representatives of ACVIM at Buiatrissima in August, we also had opportunities to exchange views with our colleagues who experience similar challenges overseas.

2013 was a successful year also in terms of increasing numbers of residents and of residency programmes, which represent the ”core business” of our College and its future. While the situation of agriculture in Europe is not particularly good these times, with direct implications for the cattle practice, it is really great to see so many young professionals who believe in the future of bovine health management and are willing to invest several years in a demanding residency programme. They will later practice their specialty on the highest level of competence and thus help to support the further developments of the cattle industry in Europe. I am confident that the time and efforts of a residency are, indeed, very well invested.

All activities of our College are possible thanks to the voluntary work of the Diplomates in the different committees of the College, as organizers of webinars, workshops or conferences, and last but not least in the daily training of the residents.

On behalf of the Board, I would like to express our gratitude for all your efforts and commitments.
We celebrated the 10th anniversary of the ECBHM during the gala dinner of Buiatrissima, I think all of us who have contributed to the development of the College during these 10 years can be proud of the achievements.
After our discussions in Berne, especially with the residents, an intensive reflection on the procedures of the College and possible improvements in the training of the residents has been conducted. In particular, the “Information and Training Brochure” has been thoroughly revised; the revised document is now in circulation for a last check in the committees and it will be made available to all early in 2014. We hope that we will have achieved some more clarity and better guidance to the residents.

On behalf of the Board and the committees of ECBHM, I would like to wish all Diplomates and Residents a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2014! We hope that everyone will have some time to spend with their family and friends during the holidays and tank energy to start the New Year in full swing! We are looking forward to our further interactions within ECBHM and to seeing you all again, latest in Oviedo next June!

Mireille Meylan
(President of the ECBHM)
2013, December the 23rd

Message of the new President, Mireille Meylan, to the members of the ECBHM. 2013, September 3

Dear Diplomates and Residents of the ECBHM,

As the new president of our College, I first would like to thank you for your trust in the new Board and officers that we will continue working towards a better organization in support of the further development of Bovine Health Management in Europe. We will strive to reach or at least to get closer to this goal in the coming 2 years.

I would first like to thank our now past-president, Arcangelo Gentile, who has devoted many efforts to the development of the College in the last 2 years. Some results of the tasks he tackled, like the design and administration of a new homepage (www.ecbhm.org) or the design of a database containing all pertinent information about the College and its Diplomates since 2003, may not be easily visible, but they are extremely important for the further development of the College. And for sure they requested a large amount of work and time which might not have been always particularly entertaining.
Also, Arcangelo (and his Italian charme) have represented our College in numerous occasions and I am sure that this has contributed to our College being recognized as an important player in the field of bovine medicine and herd health in Europe and beyond. Thank you very much, Arcangelo, and if you think that you can now enjoy a well-deserved “retirement” from ECBHM matters, I will prove you wrong!

During the Buiatrissima meeting last week, the Board and the Committee chairs had the opportunity to have a (too short) discussion with the Residents, who had communicated some of their concerns in a letter sent in advance of the congress. We will work on the issues raised to optimize the support provided to the Residents during their training time (a more detailed answer to the letter will follow).
The education and training of the Residents to become qualified European specialists in Bovine Health Management remain the most important task of the ECBHM and we will continue to work on this as a priority.
Many of you had the opportunity to meet each other in Berne last week.

I would like to thank the president of the organizing committee of Buiatrissima, Adrian Steiner, as well as his collaborators from the Clinic and the students from the Vetsuisse Faculty, the members of the scientific committee, all speakers who contributed to the high standard of the scientific program, and of course all participants. I hope that you enjoyed the conference, the discussions, the visit to the zoo and the dinner (including the entertaining celebration of the 10 years of the College launched by Arcangelo!).

I am very much looking forward to work with the new Board of the College, the new vice-president Ingrid Lorenz, the chairs and members of our committees, and all members of the College, Diplomates and Residents, and of course with Mrs Heisler, who keeps the good spirit of the College and sees that nothing gets lost on the way.
Please do not hesitate to contact us with any comments or concerns! You can find the contact information of the Board members under http://www.ecbhm.org/Board.aspx and of the committee chairs and members under http://www.ecbhm.org/Committees.aspx.
We very much need your inputs to improve our College and anticipate possible questions or problems ahead.

In the meantime, I wish everyone a nice summer (for what is left of it) and a nice autumn.
You will hear from us soon again!

Best regards
Mireille Meylan
(New President of the ECBHM)
2013, September 3rd

"Message of the President at the beginning of the new year 2013"

Following the message that the President of the ECBHM has sent to all diplomates and residents at the beginning of the new year 2013:

Dear diplomates of the ECBHM, dear residents,
in the meanwhile we have just entered the New Year 2013.
I would take advantage of this occasion not only to wish you and your family my best wishes for the forthcoming time, but also to summarize the most important facts that the ECBHM experienced during 2012, and to remind you of the appointments of this new year.

2012 has been a very fruitful year for the ECBHM, especially from the residents’ point of view. During the last year 3 residents passed the exam and received the title of Diplomates and European Specialist in Bovine Health Management.
In the meanwhile 14 new residents entered residency programs, some of them in recently recognized institutions. Other 5 residency applications are currently in process. At the moment, 38 residents are carrying out a residency training in 15 different institutions belonging to 11 different European countries.
This means that we have enormous possibilities for developing our potential of high standard education. 6 out of the 38 residents are running an alternative residency. As repeatedly emphasized this is a kind of program I would like to support in a particular way and therefore I would strongly encourage all of you to explore the possibility of organizing an alternative residency program, possibly sharing the operating management with other diplomates.
Alltogether, 26 institutions are approved for running standard residency programs.

General speaking, we can really say that 2012 was a busy year for our College, and I would like to thank the entire board, all officers of the standing committees, all residents’ advisors, our administrative secretary as well as all the people which have in any way worked in favor of the college.
In particular I would like to thank my Vice President, Mireille Meylan, for her valuable and fruitful support, especially during the last months of 2012.

In 2012, the World Buiatric Congress hosted our Annual General Meeting. It was June, 6th, and the Portuguese hospitality created for us a warm and pleasant atmosphere. 106 participants attended the AGM that constitutes the only occasion where all members of the college, both diplomates and residents, can all meet together and share their experience.

In April, the Vice-president, Mireille Meylan, and myself participated to the meeting of the EBVS (European Board of Veterinary Specialisation) in Brussels. We met representatives of the other 22 recognized colleges and we had the possibility of sharing with them problems and satisfactions.

In April the Chairman of the Examination Committee, Raphael Guatteo, and Michèle Bodmer, as a member of this same committee, attended the workshop organized by the EBVS on how to improve the quality of the examination procedure. Many suggestions and new ideas arose from that meeting, and some of them have already been adopted by the Examination Committee and were included into the management of the examination procedures as well as in the preparation of the questions used for the exam. Moreover, some new suggestions on how to improve the quality of the examinations procedures were submitted by the candidates of the last exam. These suggestions are currently object of attention and considerations. I am personally thankful to the candidates which sent us their precious comments.

In order to save money, the Board of the College met only by the way of web conferences, and the only “live” Board meeting was held in Lisbon during the WBC. Although this kind of meeting is quite different from a “live meeting” (and I personally still prefer the traditional one) we should accept the fact that it really enables to save money. In fact, with respect to the financial asset of the College, it is our duty to use the resources in the best and correct way.

2012 will also be remembered for a new milestone in the activities of the College, that is the webinar. The merit of this initiative belongs to Didier Raboisson and Edouad Timsit. A total of four webinars were organized in 2012 and new ones have already been planned for this year.

In February, 18 residents participated to the workshop in Berne, that was organized as a joint workshop with the European College of Veterinary Public Health.

At this point, some of you will ask: “…and what has the College done for the diplomates?”
As already mentioned during the AGM in Lisbon, we all should be aware that it is not the College that should do something for the diplomates but the diplomates that should actively participate in the life of the College. And this concept can be understood only if we share the finalities of the College that we can summarize as follows:
the diplomates satisfy their duties within the College by participating directly or indirectly in the education of the residents, that means by serving as tutors, as speakers in the seminars or in the workshops, as officers in some standing committees, and so on. There are infinite possibilities of serving the College, and in this way in participating in the education of young future specialists in bovine health management.
Furthermore, our College allows more intensive contacts and interactions among diplomates from different countries working in different professional settings but with a similar goal, i.e. to improve the quality of bovine health management in Europe and to optimize our work as specialists in rural practice in the face of new economic and structural challenges.

And now I also would like to remind you of some appointments of our College.
At the end of April our residents will attend the traditional “ECBHM-Residents-Workshop”. It will be organized in Nantes, France and the title as well the exact date will be communicated soon possible. As you know, the workshop is restricted to registered residents, and the residents which are in their residency program will be partly financially supported by the College.

In August (28th to 30th) we are all invited to participate to the “Buiatrissima” in Berne, a meeting organized by Swiss diplomates in order to host our next ECBHM-Annual General Meeting.
The AGM is scheduled for Thursday 29th , at 16:00 MET.
I sincerely hope to personally meet all of you at this occasion. As the President, I must also remind you that it is the duty of all diplomates to attend the AGM.

In April (12th to 13st) a representative of the board will participate to the Annual General meeting of the EBVS (European Board of Veterinary Specialisation). The participation is reserved to the recognized colleges as well as to some invited observers from ABVS, EAEVE and FVE.

As already mentioned, new webinars have already been planned for 2013. The next is coming soon: in fact it is scheduled for Thursday, 17th January 2013 [between 18:00 and 19:00 (Paris, France i.e. GMT+1 ) that is also between 17:00 and 18:00 (London, UK i.e. GMT)] and will be held by prof. John Kastelic, which will give a presentation on: ”Breeding soundness evaluation of the bull”. You are all invited to join the webinar.

As you can see, the College needs the support and the engagement of all its diplomates, and therefore, once again if some of you would like to be more involved in the “administrative” life of the College, for example by joining the different standing committees, I please you to let me or our administrative secretary know. It will be really appreciated, and it will be useful to prepare the nominations in advance for the future composition of committees.

Dear colleagues, a new challenging year has just begun. It is therefore my pleasure to send you all my best wishes for a happy, healthy, peaceful and lovely 2013, and, in respect to our ECBHM, an year full of success; in my personal name as well as in the name of the Board of the College.

Arcangelo Gentile
(President of the ECBHM)
2013, January the 8th

"Message of good wishes from the President at the beginning of 2012"

 Following the message that the President has sent to all diplomates and residents at the beginning of 2012:

Dear diplomates of the ECBHM, dear residents,
2011 is definitely behind us and a new challenging year has just begun. It is therefore my pleasure to send you all my best wish for a happy, healthy, peaceful and lovely 2012, and, in respect to our ECBHM, full of success.

2011 was a very busy year for the college, and I would like to thank all officers and all residents’ advisors, our administrative secretary as well as all the people which have in any way worked in favour of the college for their generous commitment. I really appreciate the vitality of the ECBHM.
At the moment 26 residents are carrying out a residency training in 13 different institutions belonging to 9 different European countries.
Moreover, I would like to emphasize the fact that a total of 26 institutions have been approved by the Education and Residency Committee for running standard residency programmes, that means that we have an even wider margin for developing our potential of high standard education.3 out of the 26 residents are running an alternative residency; this is a kind of programme I would like to support in a particular way. Therefore I would strongly encourage all of you to explore the possibility of organizing an alternative residency programme, eventually sharing the operating management together with other diplomats.

Many of you will be required this year to undertake the re-evaluation. I hope this will be a new starting point for an increased participation in the life of the college.
As you know, the submission of questions for the Certifying Examination is one of the required criteria to obtain the re-certification. This is required not only to confirm active participation in the activities of the college but it is very important in order to supply the Examination Committee with high-quality questions to be used during the exams. Unfortunately, this is a sore point with our college, and I was repeatedly asked to urge all of you to satisfy this “must”, but I would prefer to say to give support in such way to the Examination committee.

Moreover, if some of you would like to be more involved in the “administrative” life of the college, for example by joining the different standing committees, then I please you to let me or our administrative secretary know. It will be really appreciated, and it will be useful to prepare in advance the nomination for the future committees composition.

I also would like to remind you of some appointment of our college:

In February (13th to 15th) our residents will attend the traditional “ECBHM-Residents-Workshop”, that will be held in Berne, with the title "Interpretation of herd health data from dairy farms – clinical, epidemiological and economical aspects", and that will be shared with the residents of the ECVPH (European College for Veterinary Public Health). The workshop is restricted to registered residents, and the residents which are in their residency program will be partly financially supported by the college.

In April (20th to 21st) a representative of the board will participate to Annual General meeting of the EBVS (European Board of Veterinary Specialisation). The participation is reserved to the recognised colleges as well as to some invited observers from ABVS, EAEVE and FVE.

In April a representative of the examination committee will take part to a workshop organized by the EBVS on how to improve the quality of the examination procedure.

In June (3rd to 8th) we are all invited to participate to the XXVII world Buiatrics Congress, that will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, and that is organized by our Past-President Joao Cannas Da Silva. During the congress we will have our ECBHM-Annual General Meeting. I sincerely hope to meet all of you in this occasion.

Finally I would like to wish all the residents a “fructiferous” training year and to the one that will sit the exam a successful outcome. We need good and enthusiastic young diplomats.

After having apologized for my possible future shortcomings I wish you again the best for this hopefully wonderful 2012

Arcangelo Gentile
(President of the ECBHM)
2012, January the 4th